Elizabeth Alexander

Washington, D.C.

Elizabeth Alexander is in private practice in Washington, D.C. She has litigated a number of important prisoner rights cases, including Farmer v. Brennan, one of three cases that she argued in the United States Supreme Court. Another case she litigated, Hadix v. Caruso, was featured on “60 Minutes” in 2007. In 2009, Ms. Alexander argued Nelson v. Corrections Medical Services in the en banc United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, resulting in the first appellate decision holding that shackling women prisoners during active labor and delivery can violate the Eighth Amendment. In 2011, she led mediation that resulted in a settlement changing national policy on the medical treatment available to immigration detainees. The former Director of the National Prison Project of the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation, Ms. Alexander has taught prison law at several law schools.