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Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 7:30 PM, in the Midland Library

Elise Cossart-Daly presents:
Be True to Yourself:  How Following My Heart Led Me To a Legal Career

We are excited to welcome Elise Cossart-Daly as our 2019 Willrich lecturer. Elise will discuss her work as a public interest lawyer, and explain how being true to herself and what she loves led her to advocate for the environment, people with disabilities, women, and people of color.

As an attorney, Elise supports marginalized groups in creating a more just, fair, and accessible world; helps organizations that serve diverse communities; and advocates for environmental protection, responsible land use, and preservation. She’s fought for the environmental and housing rights with Venskus and Associates, A.P.C., assisted low-income individuals at the Legal Aid Foundation of Santa Barbara County, and represented individuals with disabilities at Metz and Harrison, LLP. As a law student, she helped enforce anti-discrimination laws with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, assisted in excessive force cases against the Los Angeles Police Department, and served low-income clients at California Rural Legal Assistance in Oxnard. Prior to pursuing law, Elise worked with high school and international students. She graduated with honors in Loyola Law School’s Public Interest Concentration and with honors from the University of California, Berkeley. She has published several articles on human rights abuses.