Elizabeth Hamilton

Human Rights Scholar (2019-2020); Berta Cáceres Human Rights Fellow (2019); Law
Human Rights Scholars WPS Editorial Committee Summer Human Rights Fellows Alumni

Elizabeth Hamilton (BA 2018, The University of Texas at San Antonio; JD expected 2021) spent the first eight weeks of summer 2019 as a Berta Cáceres Human Rights Fellow, working on a pro bono indigenous rights case as an intern with Dentons Mauritius, based in their Port Louis office. She assisted with the ongoing case for the Chagos Refugees Group, a group of indigenous peoples who were forcibly removed from the Chagos Archipelago in the late 1960s and are seeking the right to return to their home. Following this experience, Elizabeth spent six weeks interning with an Austin-based immigration firm, Lincoln-Goldfinch Law. During this time she assisted attorneys as they helped clients in various stages of the immigration process including release from detention, removal proceedings, adjustment of status, and asylum. Prior to law school, Elizabeth had a career in financial services. At Texas Law, she is a staff editor for the Texas Journal on Civil Liberties & Civil Rights. She is also a member of the leadership team of the Texas Law’s Pro Bono in January trip. Elizabeth is a member of the Wyandotte Nation of Oklahoma and is passionate about indigenous rights. After law school, Elizabeth hopes to pursue a career in human rights or civil rights law.