Attorney Bio

092Being a lawyer was always on the horizon for Liz as a natural outgrowth of her zeal for fairness and justice. Liz is committed to helping clients achieve their goals, whether it’s protecting themselves or their loved ones or tailoring a solution to a unique set of legal needs. Liz focuses on problem solving that addresses the client’s needs without compromising on the right solution. She has successfully navigated clients through complex conflicts involving large trusts and estates. Above all else, her clients reap the benefits of her skill, personal investment, and dedication.

Liz has appeared in a variety of media outlets including CNN, the Texas Observer, and KVUE news.

Prior to joining BAJB, Liz’s practice focused primarily on public policy and public interest. She has maintained a commitment to public service throughout her career, whether clerking for public interest organizations in law school, providing pro bono legal services as a licensed attorney, or serving on boards and commissions. Prior to law school, Liz dedicated a year to public service as an Americorp VISTA. In law school, Liz served as the Editor-in-Chief of a law journal, the Texas Journal of Civil Liberties and Civil Rights.

In 2016, she was awarded the Austin LGBT Bar Association’s Annual Award of Excellence. She has been the recipient of the Texas Law Fellowship and the Stephen Block Pride Law Fund Summer Fellowship.

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
  • Annual Award of Excellence by the Austin LGBT Bar.
  • 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.:

Author, “Family Protections in Probate” Texas Bar Journal, March 2018.

Speaker, “What Family Law Attorneys Should Know About Probate,” LGBT Legal Issues in Changing Times, Dec. 13, 2017.

Co-Author, “Family Law:  LGBT Parentage and Adoption Update, Probate Issues for LGBT clients,” State Bar of Texas.

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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