Elizabeth advises public school boards of education, private educational institutions, and colleges and universities on a wide range of education issues, and advocates for educational institutions in administrative proceedings, state and federal courts, and before local, state, and federal regulatory agencies. Her experience includes developing policies and procedures for schools, handling investigations by the Office of Civil Rights, conducting board of education hearings, managing and advising on student discipline and employment matters, advising on federal and state legislative strategies, addressing a myriad of compliance-related issues, and defending educational institutions in state and federal courts.

With prior experience working with the North Carolina School Boards Association, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and the Workforce, the Council for Children’s Rights in Charlotte, and the Education Innovations Group, as well as conducting extensive research on rural education policy issues, Elizabeth brings a valuable perspective to Brooks Pierce and her education clients. Elizabeth serves on the Executive Committee of the North Carolina Council of School Attorneys and is a frequent speaker at education law conferences.

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Elizabeth represents private and public institutions in federal and state courts.

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Elizabeth regularly counsels clients on compliance with state and federal employment laws, employee management concerns, employment discrimination matters, Family and Medical Leave Act issues, and issues related to disability discrimination and accommodation claims. Elizabeth has also defended clients in suits related to employment contracts, the First Amendment, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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Selected by her peers for inclusion in Business North Carolina's "Legal Elite" in the Young Guns category (2021)

Selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© "Ones to Watch" for Education Law (2021)

Recognized as a "2019 Influencer: Law" by The Business Journals (2019)

Recognized as a "Rising Star" by North Carolina Lawyers Weekly​ (2019)

Recognized by North Carolina Super Lawyers as a "Rising Star" in Schools and Education Law (2019-2021)

Recognized as one of the Triad Business Journal's "40 Leaders Under 40" (2019)

Recognized for Outstanding Master's Project, Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University (2014)

Gressman-Pollitt Award for Oral Advocacy (Best Overall, Research/Writing Class) (2012)

Recipient of the Princeton University Class of 1975 Service Award (2004)

Member, Board of Directors, Industries of the Blind (January 2019-Present)

Member, Executive Committee, North Carolina Council of School Attorneys

Co-Presenter, "It’s Not Just About Lawsuits: Why You Need a Lawyer Who Understands Schools," North Carolina Association of Independent Schools Heads of Schools, Trustees, and CFOs Annual Conference, Jan. 14, 2021

Presenter, "Title IX: Implementing the New Regulations," North Carolina School Boards Association Fall Law Conference, Oct. 9, 2020

Presenter, "Implementing the New Title IX Regulations, North Carolina Council of School Attorneys Virtual Summer Law Conference, July 23, 2020

Presenter, "Changes to Mandatory Reporting Laws," North Carolina Association of Independent Schools, March 2, 2020

Presenter, "The School Board as the Employer," North Carolina School Boards Association Fall Law Conference, October 16-18, 2019

Presenter, "Creating a Positive Environment for Students and Staff: A Legal Perspective on Preventing and Addressing Harassment at School," NC Association of Independent Schools and North Carolina School Boards Association Spring Law Conference, February 21, 2019, March 8, 2019

I see litigation as one tool among many to solve problems.

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