Elisabeth is a lawyer and writer who lives and works in Washington, DC. She holds a Masters of Laws degree (LL.M.) in global health with certificate in human rights from Georgetown University Law Center, where she focused her studies in areas including peacekeeping, refugee issues, and war crimes, and performed her graduate independent research on the topic of genocide prevention. She has served as a state Deputy Attorney General and worked in the healthcare practice of a Washington, DC law firm, where she advised global business clients regarding compliance with certain international human rights obligations.
Elisabeth also focuses her time and practice in the area of conflict remediation. She has consulted regarding the development of a rights-based law in Vietnam aimed at protecting the rights of individuals disabled by war and others with disabilities. She has worked with former refugee populations from both Vietnam and Cambodia, teaching English and assisting individuals in navigating the legal system and preparing for their citizenship examinations. She is a member of the Board of Advisors and the policy lead for a nonprofit organization devoted to preserving the stories of Amerasian children of the Vietnam war and addressing the policy issues that have been an impediment to their emigration to the United States. She has also been a volunteer at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC.
Elisabeth has briefed and/or argued cases to the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and state appellate and supreme courts. She has also briefed in the capacity of/on behalf of an amicus to the United States Supreme Court.
Elisabeth is also a writer of short fiction. Her recent work, much of which focuses on the intimate human cost of war and conflict, has been awarded the Mighty River Short Story Prize and included in the anthology "American Fiction."