Allison Elgart Joins EJS as Supervising Attorney

Allison Elgart, EJS's new Supervising Attorney, at the historic site where Rosa Parks protested bus segregation and sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Allison was with Eva Paterson and the EJS legal team recently at a convening of anti-death penalty advocates in Montgomery, Ala.

The Equal Justice Society welcomes Allison Elgart as our new Supervising Attorney, effective October 4. Allison was formerly an associate in the San Francisco office of Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP where she primarily focused on consumer protection and employment class action litigation.

“We are delighted that Allison is joining us here at EJS,” said EJS President Eva Paterson. “She has all the qualities we need to move us forward in the area of law and policy and continues the tradition of excellence started by her predecessors Susan Serrano, Kimberly Thomas-Rapp, and Reggie Shuford.”

“I am thrilled to become part of the EJS community and to have the opportunity to focus on racial justice litigation and advocacy,” said Allison. “I am looking forward to collaborating with others doing this crucial work and to see where EJS can have an impact to move us towards the goal of overturning the intent doctrine.”

Allison previously clerked for the Hon. Robert P. Patterson, Jr., United States District Court, Southern District of New York. She was also a summer law clerk for Public Advocates in San Francisco, where she worked on education and housing litigation. Before law school, Allison worked as a Health Advocacy Fellow for the Medicare Rights Center in New York City, where she represented clients in appeals and coordinated Medicare policy trainings and the CityNET program to train professionals at community-based organizations serving underrepresented populations.

She was also an Immigration Legal Intern for AYUDA, Inc., of Washington, D.C., where she was responsible for managing a personal caseload of immigration cases, including family reunification, political asylum, naturalization, battered spouse waivers, and VAWA petitions.

Allison is a 2005 graduate of Harvard Law School, where she was the Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review and worked as a student attorney at the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, representing low-income clients in housing, domestic, immigration and benefits cases.

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