Equal Justice Works Fellow sponsored by Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Eliana is Root and Rebound’s Equal Justice Works fellow sponsored by Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.
Eliana, a native of the west side of Chicago, is a double alumnus of Loyola University New Orleans where she earned her J.D. (cum laude) with a certificate in Social Justice as well as her B.A. in Sociology and African American Studies. Eliana’s Equal Justice Works project focuses on restoring the rights of survivors of the War on Drugs through legal clinics, community organizing, corporate partnerships, and policy advocacy led by impacted people.
Prior to law school, Eliana worked for the Department of Corrections at South East Regional Reentry where she provided in custody reentry services. During her time at Loyola law, Eliana served as a law clerk at the Orleans Public Defenders Office as well as a student practitioner in her school’s felony criminal defense clinic. As a student practitioner, she successfully represented clients in criminal trials and parole hearings facing charges ranging from drug possession to second degree murder. During Eliana’s second summer of law school she served as an Ella Baker Intern at the Center for Constitutional Rights in New York City. There she engaged in community organizing and impact litigation, particularly in regards to the racially disproportionate impact of New York City’s anti-gang policing and teaching community members how to use the Freedom of Information Act as a tool to propel activism. Eliana has also engaged in grassroots public policy work as a law clerk at Women with a Vision.
In her spare time Eliana enjoys exploring the art history and culture of the African diasporic people.