Biography - Elizabeth Dunn
Elizabeth Dunn joined Villanova Law School in May 2007 after two years serving as House Counsel for the Environmental Resources and Energy Committee. During her time at the House, Elizabeth drafted legislation addressing property tax reform, clean air standards and low income energy assistance. As Counsel, she worked closely with the Department of Environmental Protection, the Department of Education and the Pennsylvania Department of Health.
Elizabeth graduated from Boston College in 1995 and Northeastern School of Law in 2002. While at Northeastern, she worked with several legal service and policy organizations, including Greater Boston Legal Services Housing Unit where she focused on expiring use housing and Children's Legal Services where she handled custody cases, SSDI claims and parenting agreements. Elizabeth served as the student representative to the Public Interest Committee and was actively involved with the Youth Advocacy Project where she served as a mentor to homeless teens.
After graduating from Northeastern School of Law, Elizabeth accepted a position with Massachusetts Citizens for Children (MCC), a policy organization dedicated to the protection of children. At MCC, Elizabeth gained valuable experience in legislative drafting, lobbying and judicial training. She helped develop the "Children and the Law" Summit and Benchbook, a conference and judicial guide intended to assist judges in evaluating evidence in cases of alleged inter-familial abuse. Upon completion of the Benchbook, Elizabeth served as a clerk with the Massachusetts Probate and Family Court.
Elizabeth comes to Villanova with a strong background in public interest law and a history of effective recruitment and program development. Prior to attending law school, Elizabeth worked at Covenant House, NY where she revitalized the mentor program and successfully met the wishes of the residents by increasing the diversity of mentors involved. Her work in recruitment and outreach won the recognition of the Harlem Venture Group. Elizabeth has presented on public interest and pro bono practice at The ABA/NLADA Equal Justice Conference and NALP Conference as well as pro bono events at other law schools. As a result of these experiences, Elizabeth arrives at Villanova with the experience and commitment necessary to assist students in achieving their pro bono and public interest career goals.
Elizabeth is admitted to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania and the Supreme Court of Massachusetts.