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Elizabeth Alexander

Law Offices of Elizabeth Alexander

Washington, DC, USA


Elizabeth Alexander has litigated a number of important prisoner rights cases including Farmer v. Brennan, one of three cases that she argued in the United States Supreme Court.  Another case she litigated, Hadix v. Caruso, was featured on “60 Minutes”  In 2009, Ms. Alexander argued Nelson v. Corrections Medical Services in the en banc United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, resulting in the first appellate decision holding that shackling women prisoners during active labor and delivery can violate the Eighth Amendment. Ms. Alexander also served as lead counsel for plaintiffs in negotiating a class action settlement with the Department of Homeland Security that resulted in promulgation of a new national policy expanding requirements for the provision of medical care to immigration detainees.  She currently serves as lead counsel for a class of detainees in a challenge to conditions of confinement, including medical care, in the Baltimore jail.  The former Director of the National Prison Project of the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation, Ms. Alexander graduated from Brandeis University and the Yale Law School.  She is currently in private practice in Washington, D.C.
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