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Leadership in Law 2012: Elizabeth L. White

Clerk, Marion County, Indianapolis Georgetown University Law Center

April 25, 2012
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Beth White (IL Photo/ Perry Reichanadter)

Elizabeth White is a strong advocate for civic education and outreach and a champion for voter rights. Her leadership in election law makes her a “stand-out” among her peers, specifically in her work to expand access to voting for people with disabilities, the elderly and otherwise vulnerable citizens. Beth is a hard-working, bright and generous person who continues to positively impact her community through initiatives such as yVote!, a youth-outreach program that brings hands-on civics lessons to schools and has registered thousands of students to vote.

The best advice I ever received was
the race is long, so do the right thing and it will turn out right.

I wish I had known when I graduated law school that
relationship is everything.  Be nice to everyone, you never know when you will encounter them again.

My best stress reliever is
playing with my 3-year-old son. He is so funny and joyful and crazy.  He makes me laugh, and being with him helps me keep things in perspective.

If I weren’t a lawyer, I’d be
a teacher.  My parents are teachers and I teach a SPEA course at IUPUI. I love being in the classroom, which is why our yVote! program has been so much fun and very rewarding.  There is nothing like the look on a student’s face when they really understand.

In 2012, I’d like to
run two good elections.

The three words that best describe me are
loyal, optimistic and humorous.

In the movie about my life,
Tina Fey would play me because my job requires a sense of humor.

In my community, I’m passionate about
voting! Civic education is the key to making sure we have an engaged and participating electorate.

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  1. Major social engineering imposed by judicial order well in advance of democratic change, has been the story of the whole post ww2 period. Contraception, desegregation, abortion, gay marriage: all rammed down the throats of Americans who didn't vote to change existing laws on any such thing, by the unelected lifetime tenure Supreme court heirarchs. Maybe people came to accept those things once imposed upon them, but, that's accommodation not acceptance; and surely not democracy. So let's quit lying to the kids telling them this is a democracy. Some sort of oligarchy, but no democracy that's for sure, and it never was. A bourgeois republic from day one.

  2. JD Massur, yes, brings to mind a similar stand at a Texas Mission in 1836. Or Vladivostok in 1918. As you seemingly gloat, to the victors go the spoils ... let the looting begin, right?

  3. I always wondered why high fence deer hunting was frowned upon? I guess you need to keep the population steady. If you don't, no one can enjoy hunting! Thanks for the post! Fence

  4. Whether you support "gay marriage" or not is not the issue. The issue is whether the SCOTUS can extract from an unmentionable somewhere the notion that the Constitution forbids government "interference" in the "right" to marry. Just imagine time-traveling to Philadelphia in 1787. Ask James Madison if the document he and his fellows just wrote allowed him- or forbade government to "interfere" with- his "right" to marry George Washington? He would have immediately- and justly- summoned the Sergeant-at-Arms to throw your sorry self out into the street. Far from being a day of liberation, this is a day of capitulation by the Rule of Law to the Rule of What's Happening Now.

  5. With today's ruling, AG Zoeller's arguments in the cases of Obamacare and Same-sex Marriage can be relegated to the ash heap of history. 0-fer

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