Attorney Bio

092Liz is committed to helping clients achieve their goals, whether it’s protecting their loved ones or tailoring a solution to a unique set of legal needs.

Prior to her present position at Burns Anderson Jury & Brenner (BAJB), Liz’s practice focused primarily in public policy and public interest work. She formerly worked at the Texas Legislature and as the public policy director for a non-profit organization. Having written, reviewed, and worked with the legislature on numerous pieces of legislation, Liz has developed an eye for detail and a keen ability to analyze a problem and tailor a precise solution. During law school, Liz was the Editor-in-Chief of a law journal, the Texas Journal of Civil Liberties and Civil Rights. As a law student, she spent her summers clerking for public interest organizations.

Liz graduated from the University of Texas School of Law in 2003. After receiving her undergraduate degree in government also from the University of Texas, Liz dedicated a year to public service as an Americorp VISTA volunteer. Because she has lived in Austin since high school, she likes to consider herself a native Austinite.

Education:

  • University of Texas School of Law (J.D.), 2003
  • University of Texas (B.A. in Government), 1996

Licenses & Certifications:

  • State Bar of Texas, 2003
  • Attorney ad Litem (Guardianship)

Professional Associations:

  • State Bar of Texas
  • Texas Bar Journal, Board of Editors
  • Austin Bar Association, Board of Directors – 2015-16
  • Estate Planning and Probate Section – Austin Bar Association
  • Barbara Jordan Inn of Court
  • Austin LGBT Bar Association, President – 2014-15
  • Austin Bar/Austin Young Lawyers Leadership Academy – 2014
  • College of the State Bar of Texas
  • Austin Young Lawyers Trial Academy – 2013
  • Pro Bono College of Texas – 2013

Publications, speaking engagements, etc.:

Speaker/Moderator, “Freedom of Expression and Hate Speech,” September 29, 2017.

Speaker, Austin Bar Association, Austin Bench Bar Conference, “Battle Lines in a Post-Obergefell World,” May 12, 2017.

Speaker, “Probate Basics,” Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas, November 2016.

Speaker, Texas Association of Legal Professionals Fall Educational Conference, September 19, 2015.

Author, “Marriage for All: The Legal Impact of Obergefell v. Hodges,” Texas Bar Journal, September 2015; Republished by N.Y.U. Journal of Legislation & Public Policy for its Fall 2015 Symposium.

Mentioned, “More People Denied Vital Records Join Ken Paxton Contempt Hearing,” Texas Observer, John Wright, August 7, 2015.

Quoted, “Same-sex couples fight for birth, death certificate rights” KVUE, Shannon Murray, Tuesday, July 28, 2015.

Quoted, “She lost her wife to cancer and $1,224 a month to Social Security” CNN Money, Katie Lobosco, Friday, June 26, 2015.

Guest Lecturer, Texas State University, Fiduciary Law, February 17, 2015.

Speaker, Life After Marriage, William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law, Texas Journal on Civil Liberties and Civil Rights, and OUTLaw, February 13, 2015.

Moderator, The Future of LGBT Equality and Diversity, Austin LGBT Bar Association, October 27, 2014.

Moderator, State of Denial: Where Marriage Equality Stands in Texas, Texas Observer, July 29, 2014.

Author, “How Texas Conservatives Keep Gay Couples Locked in Marriage,” Texas Observer, Nov. 5, 2013.

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