Elizabeth Ehret, a member of the Class of 2015 at Rutgers School of Law–Newark, has been awarded a Patton Boggs Foundation Fellowship and will work this summer as a policy clerk at the National Center for Lesbian Rights in Washington, DC. The Patton Boggs Foundation awards fellowships to exceptional law students who demonstrate a persistent commitment to public service and a developed interest in public policy.
At the National Center for Lesbian Rights, Ehret’s responsibilities will include research and writing related to policy advocacy, and tracking and analyzing pending LGBT-related legislation, regulations and policy proposals. In her fellowship application, Ehret wrote: “I know that my passion and commitment, coupled with the skills I will gain this summer, will help me achieve my ultimate goal of becoming a policy director for an LGBT rights organization.”
Ehret received her undergraduate degree from The College of New Jersey, where as president of the LGBTQ organization she led educational campaigns and collaborated with administrators to implement policies for transgender students. Before entering Rutgers–Newark Law School, she worked as a grant writer for two social justice organizations and as a volunteer for five LGBTQ non-discrimination and same-sex marriage campaigns.
As a first-year law student, Ehret served as a representative for the Women’s Law Forum and the National Lawyers Guild and fundraising chair for the LGBT Law Caucus. She also participated in the Courtroom Advocates Program, using her training to help domestic violence victims get restraining orders. Ehret was recently chosen one of the law school’s new Marsha Wenk Fellows in Public Interest Law.
Launched in 2005, the Fellowship Program reflects Patton Boggs’ position as the leading public policy firm and its strong commitment to public service and corporate social responsibility. Law schools are selected to participate in its Fellowship Program based on their dedication to public policy and the public interest. Fellowship recipients dedicate their summers to advancing public policy issues working for nonprofit institutions, government agencies, and domestic or international organizations.| Read Story