Year: Class of 2014
Hometown: St. Louis, MO
Education: B.A., Journalism (emphasis in convergence media) and Political Science, minor: Spanish, University of Missouri ’10
Activities: Public Interest Project, Pro Bono Co-Chair (2012-present), 1L Representative (2011-2012); American Constitution Society; American Civil Liberties Union; Stone Moot Court; Albers Moot Court
More about Liz: Elizabeth studied journalism in college because she loved telling stories, and journalism taught her to ask good questions and weave a jumble of facts into a coherent, complicated narrative. Although she enjoyed journalism, she found that telling people’s stories wasn’t enough – she wanted to do something about them. So after college, Elizabeth joined the AmeriCorps VISTA program, providing client-centered, trauma-informed advocacy to foreign-born human trafficking victims at the International Institute of Buffalo. That led her to law school. While in law school, she’s done direct legal aid at Greater Boston Legal Services, Shelter Legal Services, and the BU Civil Litigation Clinic. To provide context for this direct legal aid work, she has done public policy advocacy at Massachusetts Law Reform Institute and spent a summer doing impact litigation at the Southern Poverty Law Center in Alabama. During law school, she aimed to be a legal services attorney who also does poverty law impact litigation and public policy advocacy. She received an Equal Justice Works Fellowship to work at Greater Boston Legal Services after graduation.
Elizabeth is a musical theatre fan and performer, an avid reader, and a huge Harry Potter fan. (No really, huge. She worked for this website back in 2004-2007).