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Patton Boggs Foundation Fellowship Deepens 2L Elizabeth Ehret’s Interest in LGBT Rights Law Career

January 21, 2014 – 

As a Patton Boggs Foundation Fellow, Elizabeth Ehret ’15 worked last summer in Washington, DC as a policy clerk for the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR). The job was even more rewarding and educational than expected, says Ehret, and the support she received from the Patton Boggs Foundation, her supervisors at NCLR, her alumni mentor, and the law school added to a very successful and meaningful summer experience. 

Ehret’s responsibilities included updating information on state laws, including legal challenges to those laws, that govern gender marker changes on birth certificates and driver’s licenses; preparing comments for government agencies on proposed rules for implementation of federal laws; and analyzing new federal laws to assess their potential impact on the LGBT population.

Ehret especially appreciated the innovative thinking that NCLR encourages to identify new policy areas for the organization to pursue. “I performed significant amounts of legal research on issues that are not pertinent on their face to the LGBT community,” she reports, “but do result in barriers and complications for LGBT people in their manner of implementation.” 

Overall, Ehret could not have been more pleased with the Patton Boggs Foundation Fellowship program and the opportunities it provided. “My summer experience affirmed my desire to work in the LGBTQ rights movement after law school,” she says. “It also expanded my understanding of policy work, and exposed me to the career possibilities in policy work.” 

A graduate of The College of New Jersey, before entering law school Ehret worked as a grant writer for two social justice organizations and volunteered on five campaigns in support of LGBTQ rights.