Director of Programs
Elizabeth Owen has over a decade of experience working in civil rights litigation and nonprofit legal management. At JAC, she directs the organization's legal programs and works with currently and formerly incarcerated people and their families to mitigate the collateral consequences of the criminal legal system.
Prior to joining JAC, Elizabeth served as Legal Director of the Louisiana Fair Housing Action Center, a nonprofit civil rights organization dedicated to eradicating housing discrimination. As the organization’s first Legal Director, she developed its civil rights litigation practice and brought numerous cases challenging discriminatory housing practices throughout the state. Her work at the intersection of criminal and housing justice included challenging overly broad criminal background screening policies and investigating how housing providers use such policies to intentionally discriminate against people of color.
Prior to moving to New Orleans, Elizabeth was an associate in the complex commercial litigation group at the law firm of Simpson Thacher and Bartlett, LLP in New York. Elizabeth attended New York University School of Law, where she served as articles editor for the N.Y.U. Review of Law & Social Change. After law school, she clerked for Justice Jaynee LaVecchia of the New Jersey Supreme Court. She received her B.A. in English from Wesleyan University and studied ballet at the Hartt Conservatory in Connecticut.