Elizabeth Schmelzel is a senior attorney with the Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition working on the detained adults program in the Washington, D.C. office. Immediately after graduating from Texas Law, she worked with Ayuda in Washington, D.C., on a project to address fraud by “notario publicos” through education and direct representation. Her work was funded by a Justice Center Fellowship in Public Interest Law.
At Texas Law, Schmelzel served as a Rapoport Human Rights Scholar and a Mithoff Pro Bono Scholar on the Expunction Project. She participated in the Immigration Clinic, the Capital Punishment Clinic, and the Juvenile Justice Clinic. She interned with the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia; American Gateways in Austin; and Bail for Immigration Detainees in London.