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Co-op 1

The Capital Appeals Project, New Orleans

On her first co-op, Elise gained a thorough understanding of the appellate process and the mistakes trial lawyers can make. 


  • Cooperative Income Sharing Program (co-chair)
  • National Lawyers Guild
  • Ending the Prison Industrial Complex

Co-op 2

San Francisco Public Defender’s Office, San Francisco

Elise performed a variety of tasks to assist the deputy public defender in representing indigent clients, from preparing cases for preliminary hearings to writing motions to dismiss charges.


  • Advanced Criminal Procedure
  • Criminal Trial Practice
  • Human Rights and the Global Economy
  • Immigration
  • Sustainable Income Development

Co-op 3

Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, San Francisco

Elise worked side by side with staff attorneys, negotiating for clients who faced life-changing convictions.


Prisoners’ Rights

Elise represented a client serving a second-degree life sentence at a parole hearing, preparing them for rigorous cross-examination and conducting factual investigations and witness interviews. 

Co-op 4

Law Offices of Howard Friedman, Boston

Working with the federal court system for the first time, Elise participated in mediation for civil rights cases and helped draft complaints and discovery requests. 

After Graduation

Attorney, Contra Costa Public Defender’s Office, Contra Costa, California


A public defender who provides a voice for the underserved.