Elizabeth A. Reese

Elizabeth A. Reese

Harry A. Bigelow Teaching Fellow, Lecturer in Law

Elizabeth A. Reese, Yunpovi (Tewa) is a Bigelow Teaching Fellow & Lecturer in Law. Her research focuses on interrogating ideas of government legitimacy that lie at the intersection of various public law debates concerning popular sovereignty, American history, race, democracy, equality, and political power.

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. She 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.

She received her JD from Harvard, M.Phil in Political Thought and Intellectual History from Cambridge, and BA from Yale. She 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.

Education

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

Yale University
BA, Political Science, 2011
Nakanishi Prize for academic achievement, leadership, & commitment to diversity among the graduating class
Distinction in Political Science

Experience

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