Elaina Steenson

Summer Law Clerk

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Elaina is a rising 3L at Drake University Law School in Des Moines, Iowa. She is a public service scholar with a passion for criminal justice reform. 

Elaina received a BM with honors in Viola Performance and Music Business with minors in Business Studies and French Language and Culture at Drake University. As a part of her undergraduate studies, Elaina wrote her honors thesis on music therapy in the correctional setting as a means of prisoner reform. Her research led her to teach rehabilitation classes in the local jail. The individuals in her classes showed her a different perspective on society, motivating Elaina to apply for law school so that she could advocate for individuals and push for systemic change. 

In her spare time, Elaina enjoys traveling, teaching music lessons, and playing Celtic/Irish music. For a year, between undergrad and law school, she combined two of these interests and lived as an au pair in Ireland. 

Elaina Steenson

Summer Law Clerk

Email Elaina

Elaina is a rising 3L at Drake University Law School in Des Moines, Iowa. She is a public service scholar with a passion for criminal justice reform. 

Elaina received a BM with honors in Viola Performance and Music Business with minors in Business Studies and French Language and Culture at Drake University. As a part of her undergraduate studies, Elaina wrote her honors thesis on music therapy in the correctional setting as a means of prisoner reform. Her research led her to teach rehabilitation classes in the local jail. The individuals in her classes showed her a different perspective on society, motivating Elaina to apply for law school so that she could advocate for individuals and push for systemic change. 

In her spare time, Elaina enjoys traveling, teaching music lessons, and playing Celtic/Irish music. For a year, between undergrad and law school, she combined two of these interests and lived as an au pair in Ireland. 

Why do you come to work at Root & Rebound every day?

The system that we live in is a system of oppression, targeting individuals who are marginalized, ripping apart families, and making it almost impossible to succeed. I find the work at Root & Rebound inspiring and encouraging because it begins to strengthen the communities and build confidence in people to overcome the seemingly insurmountable obstacles they face in reentry. 

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