Elizabeth graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz, in 1998, where she double-majored in Legal Studies and Sociology. As part of her graduation requirements, Elizabeth chose to prepare two thesis papers on the Best Interest of the Child Standard applied in the late 1990s by Family Courts in Domestic Violence cases where custody of the children was the primary issue.
Upon graduation from UCSC, Elizabeth received Honors in Legal Studies, College Honors, and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, the national honor society. She was admitted on Early Admission to Santa Clara University School of Law to complete her Juris Doctor degree.
Elizabeth attended Santa Clara University School of Law, where she was honored with a scholarship from the Women in Law sorority for her outstanding work in the field of domestic violence advocacy.
While working as a Domestic Violence advocate in Santa Cruz County, the County of Santa Cruz honored her four years in a row for Outstanding Community Service.
Participating in Moot Court in her first year of law school, she earned the award for “Best Oral Advocate” and the top score in her class for Client Counseling at Santa Clara University.
Elizabeth earned a specialty certificate for Public Interest/Social Justice from the Santa Clara School of Law. Elizabeth interned for the Northern California Innocence Project all four years of law school and helped free a man wrongly incarcerated for 17 years. The story of this journey is told in the movie “Witchhunt,” available on Prime Video.
Post-law school, Elizabeth trained at the Strauss Institute For Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University School of Law, where she completed two courses: Mediating the Litigated Case and Domestic Relations Mediation, a mediation course specific to Family Law.
In 2005, Elizabeth completed both levels of advanced training in Collaborative Divorce.