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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. Your article is a good intro the recent amendments to Fed.R.Civ.P. For a much longer - though not necessarily better -- summary, counsel might want to read THE CHIEF UMPIRE IS CHANGING THE STRIKE ZONE, which I co-authored and which was just published in the January issue of THE VERDICT (the monthly publication of the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association).

  2. Thank you, John Smith, for pointing out a needed correction. The article has been revised.

  3. The "National institute for Justice" is an agency for the Dept of Justice. That is not the law firm you are talking about in this article. The "institute for justice" is a public interest law firm. http://ij.org/ thanks for interesting article however

  4. I would like to try to find a lawyer as soon possible I've had my money stolen off of my bank card driver pressed charges and I try to get the information they need it and a Social Security board is just give me a hold up a run around for no reason and now it think it might be too late cuz its been over a year I believe and I can't get the right information they need because they keep giving me the runaroundwhat should I do about that

  5. It is wonderful that Indiana DOC is making some truly admirable and positive changes. People with serious mental illness, intellectual disability or developmental disability will benefit from these changes. It will be much better if people can get some help and resources that promote their health and growth than if they suffer alone. If people experience positive growth or healing of their health issues, they may be less likely to do the things that caused them to come to prison in the first place. This will be of benefit for everyone. I am also so happy that Indiana DOC added correctional personnel and mental health staffing. These are tough issues to work with. There should be adequate staffing in prisons so correctional officers and other staff are able to do the kind of work they really want to do-helping people grow and change-rather than just trying to manage chaos. Correctional officers and other staff deserve this. It would be great to see increased mental health services and services for people with intellectual or developmental disabilities in the community so that fewer people will have to receive help and support in prisons. Community services would like be less expensive, inherently less demeaning and just a whole lot better for everyone.

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