Elizabeth’s interest in special education law began when she worked as a high school math teacher in two different school districts. After pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics at Brigham Young University in Utah, she joined an alternate route teaching program in Mississippi where she taught in a high-needs school district. Subsequently, she returned to her hometown of Galesburg, Illinois and joined the faculty of a new alternative high school that served high school drop-outs and potential drop-outs. In both settings, Elizabeth worked with students with disabilities and decided to attend law school to learn more about education law and policy. Elizabeth combines her unique classroom experience with her legal skills to assist families with their disability-related needs.
Elizabeth graduated summa cum laude and valedictorian of her class at Willamette University College of Law. As a law student, she was a staff member of the Willamette Law Review as well as an Executive Board Member of the Willamette Moot Court Board. She is still involved with the Moot Court Board as a volunteer competition judge, and she continues to mentor current law students.
As an attorney, Elizabeth enjoys assisting with all aspects of disability advocacy. Before joining Wiscarson Law, she clerked in the Department of Justice Child Advocacy Section. She also clerked for one year at Wiscarson Law before becoming an associate attorney. She is licensed to practice law in Oregon, United States District Court for Oregon and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
In her spare time, Elizabeth plays several musical instruments, including both the piano and the organ, and she sings soprano in the Portland Choir and Orchestra. Elizabeth also enjoys hiking with her husband in beautiful Oregon, playing with her dog, Rusty, and reading and writing young adult fiction.