Allysyn first became interested in family law when she was a high school English teacher. She was moved by the stories and struggles of her students going through tough times at home. She wanted to make a difference on a legal level. When her father passed away at the age of 50, Allysyn had to work closely with his estate planning attorney to settle his estate. This added to her interest in the law and her wanting to help families similarly to how her father's attorney had helped her. While attending Indiana University School of Law, other topics piqued her interest, such as the rights of LGBTQ members, and general litigation issues. She volunteered for the law school's civil clinic representing clients going through divorce, guardianships, and custody issues, volunteered for Indianapolis’s domestic violence prevention program, was Secretary then President of Lambda Legal, and Vice President then President of the Feminist Law Society, advocating through education for advancing the rights of the lgbt community and for gender equality in the Indianapolis community. She also spent her summers studying law in Croatia and China.
After law school, Allysyn moved to California and, under the guidance of several seasoned attorneys, opened her family law practice, where she feels fortunate to have been representing members of her community. For the first seven years of her career, Allysyn also worked with the Sargent Shriver Custody Program, representing clients in their child custody and visitation cases. Allysyn continues to use her love of teaching to help educate her clients about their rights and legal options, and how to use the law, so her clients feel informed as they move through what can be an emotional and confusing time. In this way, her clients see her not only as their legal advocate, but as an educator.
Allysyn has been publicly recognized by the BAR Association of San Francisco as going above and beyond for parties who were not expected to win their cases, and has been awarded for being an “outstanding volunteer” for the Justice and Diversity Center.
Luz works as a contract attorney for Allysyn Overton Law, assisting clients . Luz has worked as an Associate Attorney in a private law firm as well as a staff attorney for the Sargent Shriver Custody Project (SASH) program in the past five years, assisting litigants with complex divorce, parentage and custody matters. Since 2008, she has been an advocate for those faced with challenges in Family Law, Immigration Law and Employment Discrimination Law.
During Law School , Luz clerked for the Honorable Rosalyn H. Richter in the New York State Supreme Court, where she researched complex matrimonial and guardianship issues, and drafted opinions. Luz also worked on behalf of domestic violence survivors seeking criminal restraining orders and custody orders in the Integrated Domestic Violence Court in New York through the Domestic Violence Project at the Urban Justice Center.
Luz graduated with her B.A. in Critical Race Studies from Mills College and received her J.D. from New York Law School. When she is not practicing law, she is teaching indoor cycling, surfing or hiking.