Elizabeth A. Reese (Liz), Yunpovi (Tewa: Willow Flower) is a Bigelow Teaching Fellow & Lecturer in Law. Her areas of expertise include American Indian tribal law, federal Indian law, constitutional law, race and the law, and voting rights law. Her research examines how government structures, American history, and identity can explain—or complicate—the rights and powers of “the people” generally and oppressed racial minorities specifically within American law.
Liz previously worked at the National Congress of American Indians where she supported tribal governments as they implemented expanded criminal jurisdiction over non-Indians under the 2013 Violence Against Women Act and wrote a comprehensive five-year report that has been cited by Congress on countless occasions. Liz began her legal career at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund where she led a desegregation case in one of the largest school districts in Florida and worked on the challenge to Alabama’s Voter ID law.
Liz received her JD from Harvard, MPhil in Political Thought and Intellectual History from Cambridge, and BA from Yale. Liz served as a law clerk to Judge Diane Wood on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and Amul Thapar on the Eastern District of Kentucky (now Sixth Circuit).
Liz is tribally enrolled at Nambe Pueblo where she an active member of the community.
Harvard Law School
JD, cum laude, 2016
Gary Bellow Public Service Award Finalist
University of Cambridge
M.Phil, Political Thought & Intellectual History, 2013
Santander Cambridge Trust Scholarship
Ruth Landes Foundation Research Fellowship
Centre for History and Economics Prize Scholar
BA, Political Science, 2011
Nakanishi Prize for academic achievement, leadership, & commitment to diversity among the graduating class
Distinction in Political Science
The University of Chicago Law School
Harry A. Bigelow Teaching Fellow, Lecturer in Law, 2019-present
The Honorable Diane P. Wood, United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
Law Clerk, 2018-2019
National Congress of American Indians
Attorney & Project Manager, 2017-2018
NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund
Harvard Public Interest Litigation Fellow, 2016-2017
The Honorable Amul R. Thapar, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky
Law Clerk, Summer-Fall 2016
United States Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division—Appellate Section
Legal Intern, Summer 2015
Senate Judiciary Committee, Staff of Senator Blumenthal
Judiciary Committee Fellow, Summer 2014