Elyse Smith



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Elyse Smith is a legal research and policy attorney at the Institute for Justice. She brings legal analysis to the social science and policy research developed by IJ concerning school choice, private property rights, economic liberty, and free speech.

Prior to joining IJ, Elyse worked in private practice representing clients in both litigation and transactional matters. She holds a master’s degree in human rights law from the University of Navarra in Spain. She earned her law degree from Ave Maria School of Law, magna cum laude, in 2013, where she was named “Most Dedicated Editor” on Law Review. She graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Arts in Foreign Affairs.

Elyse is a member of the Virginia and D.C. bars

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