Scholar Class – 2014
Elizabeth Ehret was raised in Central New Jersey and is a law student at Rutgers School of Law-Newark. A passionate advocate for the rights of LGBTQ people, Elizabeth first became involved in LGBTQ work as a freshman at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) where she joined the campus LGBTQ organization, PRISM. During her time as president and executive board member, she emphasized advocacy and activism initiatives, tripled membership, and doubled programming. Elizabeth fought for transgender rights on campus, working with TCNJ administrators to institutionalize transgender-inclusive policies and practices and successfully advocating for the implementation of gender-neutral bathrooms and the first gender-neutral housing options at TCNJ.
After college, Elizabeth worked as a grant writer for two social justice nonprofit organizations in Boston. She has been a volunteer field organizer for five LGBTQ campaigns, including the 2011 Massachusetts Transgender Equal Rights Act campaign and the 2012 Mainers United for Marriage campaign. Elizabeth currently serves on the Board of Directors for two nonprofit organizations, the Rutgers Newark Public Interest Law Foundation and the Rising Minds Foundation.
Elizabeth’s work on behalf of transgender students inspired her to attend law school to train as a transgender rights advocate. She is a Marsha Wenk Public Interest Law-Fellow, a recipient of the 2013 Patton Boggs Public Policy Fellowship for her work as a Policy Clerk at the National Center for Lesbian Rights, and a 2014 Eagleton Institute for Politics Governor’s Executive Fellow. Elizabeth is also a 2014 Holley Law Fellow at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, and in the past she was a legal intern at Lambda Legal’s Transgender Rights Project and the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey. Her note, Legal Loophole: How LGBTQ Nondiscrimination Laws Overlook the Partners of Transgender People has been selected for publication by the Rutgers Law Review, where she serves as the New Jersey Developments Editor.