Elizabeth Ennen4.9.18 — Elizabeth Ennen ’08, assistant director of Northeastern University School of Law’s Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy (PHRGE), has been appointed chair of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court’s (SJC) Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services. The SJC justices chose Ennen, who has served on the Pro Bono Committee since 2016, for a three-year term as chair — she assumed the position on March 1, 2018, and will continue in this role until November 1, 2021.

“It is an honor and a pleasure to serve as the chair of the SJC Pro Bono Committee,” said Ennen, who, by virtue of this appointment, is also serving as an ex officio member of the Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission. “Increasing the number of attorneys who are available to assist indigent clients is a critical tool in the fight to provide better access to justice. As a Northeastern grad, I feel very lucky to have the opportunity to work on social justice issues that resonate so deeply with the values of the law school.”

The Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services was established by the SJC in 1999 to promote volunteer legal work in Massachusetts by helping individuals of limited means who need legal representation. The committee encourages volunteer legal work through a variety of means, including the recognition of exemplary pro bono services on the part of law students, attorneys, law firms and legal organizations; the communication of the value of pro bono legal services to attorneys throughout Massachusetts; and regular committee visits to Massachusetts’ nine law schools.

Ennen holds a PhD in philosophy from McGill University. After teaching for several years at Middlebury College, she left academia for a career in law. She received a JD from Northeastern in 2008 and clerked for the Honorable Justice Margot Botsford ’73 at the SJC. From 2010 until 2016, Ennen served as a pro bono asylum attorney at Community Legal Services and Counseling Center (CLSACC), where she was also a consultant for operations and technology. She also spent a year as a volunteer research assistant at the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic, where she drafted a new appendix on procedural issues in asylum law for Law of Asylum in the United States, a treatise by Professor Deborah Anker ’75. Ennen received the SJC’s Adams Pro Bono Publico Award in 2015 for her work at CLSACC and at Harvard. She joined PHRGE in 2016.

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