Elizabeth Lewis initially joined the firm as a Law Clerk in September 2015. After completing a year-long Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Lizzie returned to the firm in February 2017 as a Law Fellow. Lizzie received her J.D., summa cum laude, from the American University Washington College of Law (WCL), and was elected to the Order of the Coif. She received a B.S. with Honors in Biology, summa cum laude, from Dickinson College in 2010, where she also completed a second major in Russian History and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.
During her tenure at WCL, Lizzie was a member of the Administrative Law Review (ALR). Her note, Whale Wars: Reconciling Science, Public Opinion, and the Public Display Industry Under the Marine Mammal Protection Act, was published in the journal's 66th volume. For her efforts, Lizzie received the Wallace L. Duncan Memorial Endowed Scholarship, awarded annually by the ALR editorial staff to recognize a student composition that demonstrates superior scholarship and excellence on an administrative law topic. Lizzie received Highest Grade Honors in Criminal Law, Animal Law, and Contemporary Problems in Administrative Law, and was the recipient of the Mussey-Gillet Fellowship. Lizzie was also heavily involved in WCL’s environmental community. She served as the 1L Representative, Vice President, and President of the Environmental Law Society during her first, second, and third years, respectively. Additionally, she was a founding member of the Animal Law Society, and served as its Vice President during her third year.
Lizzie has worked on both domestic and international environmental issues for various non-profit organizations and government agencies. Specifically, her previous experiences in public interest environmental law and policy include a clerkship with Meyer Glitzenstein & Eubanks, and legal internships with Oceana, the Environmental Law Institute, EPA Office of Administrative Law Judges, and NOAA General Counsel's International Section. Lizzie also received a Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship, which allowed her to spend a year as the Special Assistant to the Assistant Administrator of NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research. There, she worked directly with the Assistant Administrator to provide strategic and policy advice on a variety of issues within OAR's portfolio. She also partnered with NOAA General Counsel to examine discrete issues concerning treaty implementation and the maritime law of historic shipwrecks. Lizzie is a member of the State Bar of Maryland.