Elizabeth was born in Washington, D.C. and raised in San Diego, CA. She graduated from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY with a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science in 1992. After college she spent two years in Nepal as a Peace Corps Volunteer, then moved to Portland to attend law school at Lewis and Clark in 1996.
During law school, Elizabeth worked as a certified law student for the Juvenile Rights Project and Metropolitan Public Defender. After graduating in 1999, Elizabeth began working full time as a staff attorney at Metropolitan Public Defender in downtown Portland. From 1999 through 2010, she handled hundreds of criminal and juvenile law cases, representing defendants in misdemeanors and felonies, as well as youths facing delinquency petitions and parents and children involved in the child welfare system. During her final two years at MPD, Elizabeth was the managing attorney in the Juvenile Law Section and represented the office on the Juvenile Justice Council, the Juvenile Dependency Council, and on various other committees and work groups associated with juvenile court.
Elizabeth is a volunteer attorney for the CLiF Project, which provides legal services to clients who were adjudicated as juvenile sex offenders and are seeking relief from sex offender registration. Additionally, Elizabeth is on the executive boards of the Agricultural Research Foundation and the Sunnyside Environmental School PTSA.
Elizabeth is a member of the Oregon State Bar, The Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, the Multnomah Bar Association, and the Oregon Women Lawyers.