Elizabeth graduated from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, with a major in psychology and a minor in American politics. A great deal of her time within the psychology department was spent focusing on children, families and the law, and the psychological issues that surround them and the legal system. While an undergraduate student, Elizabeth interned with the Institute of Law, Psychiatry, and Public Policy, where she worked within a women's prison on a research study focused on psychopathy among female inmates. She also interned with a community research group studying perceptions of juvenile culpability and criminality.
As a Fellow at Hofstra Law, Elizabeth interned with the Juvenile Rights Division of the Legal Aid Society's Brooklyn Office, where she assisted lawyers in representing youth in delinquency and PINS matters and in advocating for children in abuse and neglect cases. She also interned with Agenda for Children Tomorrow, working to improve services for children, families, and communities in New York City. In her final year at Hofstra Law, Elizabeth served as a research assistant for Professor Andrew Schepard, assisting in the drafting of the Uniform Collaborative Law Act. Now an attorney, Elizabeth works for Southwest Virginia Legal Aid.
Sarah received a B.S. in psychology from Tennessee Technological University and an M.A. in clinical psychology from East Tennessee State University. As a graduate student, Sarah participated in the Make A Difference Project, consulting with school systems on behavior modification techniques for students. She also worked at a residential treatment facility where she led group therapy sessions for juvenile sex offenders. As a member of Americorps, Sarah instructed parents in behavior modification techniques and coordinated community service projects focused on the betterment of children's environments.
As a Fellow at Hofstra, Sarah interned with the Tennessee Technical Assistance Committee, working with child experts to design, implement and evaluate reforms made to Tennessee's Department of Children's Services.
MJ graduated cum laude from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, with a double major in political science and modern foreign languages. After graduating, she began working with Campaign for a Landmine Free World, a program of Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation (VVAF), an organization that was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997 for its role in founding the International Campaign to Ban Landmines. In 2000 MJ traveled to Vietnam and Cambodia to visit VVAF's clinics for civilians suffering from war-related ailments. Following that, MJ accepted a position with San Francisco Health Plan, a nonprofit organization which provides health coverage to uninsured children and families in the city. In March 2002, MJ took time off work to travel to Afghanistan as part of a delegation of 14 women coordinated by the San Francisco-based nonprofit Global Exchange. The delegation visited hospitals, schools, and micro-lending programs, and assisted in efforts to help rebuild the lives of women and children following many years of Taliban rule.
During her time at Hofstra, MJ interned with the New York State Supervising Family Court Judge in Brooklyn Family Court and with inMotion. She was also the Managing Editor of Articles for the Family Court Review and her note "Lessening the sting of ASFA: The Rehabilitation-Relapse Dilemma Brought About By Drug Addiction and Termination of Parental Rights" was published in the July 2007 edition.
Abbey attended Boston University (BU) as a journalism major. While at BU, Abbey spent time working for USA Today and the Massachusetts Children's Trust Fund. She also spent a semester abroad in London, where she interned at a family law firm. Abbey graduated cum laude from BU in January 2004, and began working as a paralegal for a private attorney handling family, criminal, and civil cases. For three years, she participated in BU's equivalent of the Big Brother/Big Sister program.
While a student at Hofstra Law, Abbey interned with a Queens County Family Court judge and with the New York County District Attorney's Office. She also served as the Managing Editor of the Family Court Review and her note, "The Foster Care Ombudsman: Empowering the Powerless" was published in the July 2007 edition. Upon graduation, Abbey worked for the New York City Law Department, handling juvenile delinquency matters.
Carissa graduated cum laude from SUNY Geneseo with a B.A. in sociology and a minor in legal studies. While attending Geneseo, she spent part of her summers interning at the Ulster County District Attorney's Office, and during her senior year she interned at the Livingston County District Attorney's Office, where she had the opportunity to work with the in-house domestic violence specialist.
During her time as a fellow, Carissa interned with a Queens County Family Court judge. She also worked at a matrimonial law firm. Carissa was an Associate Editor of the Hofstra Law Review and her note titled "You Can't Choose Your Parents: Why Children Raised by Same-sex Couples Are Entitled to Inheritance Rights From Both Their Parents" was published in volume 35.2 of the Law Review.
During the summer after her first year of law school, Carissa clerked for the Honorable Edwina Richardson of the Queens Family Court. In the fall of her second year Carissa worked as a research assistant to Professor Theo Liebmann and she also assisted Professor Andrew Schepard on the St. Basil’s Pro Bono Project where she traveled to Garrison, NY to interview children whose educational rights were being questioned by the district. In her third year of law school Carissa participated in the child advocacy clinic and was a member of Hofstra Law’s team in the Representing Clients in Mediation competition, sponsored by the ABA. Carissa also worked at the matrimonial law firm of Schlissel, Ostrow, Karabatos & Poepplein, PLLC in Garden City, NY and accepted full time employment with the firm after her graduation. Carissa is currently an Associate at the law firm of Kramer Levin in New York City.