Elizabeth Cole is a clinical teaching fellow in the Michigan Innocence Clinic at the University of Michigan Law School.
Prior to joining the Law School faculty, Professor Cole was an assistant public defender at the Allegheny County Public Defender’s Office in Pittsburgh and then an associate attorney at the law firm of Difenderfer, Rothman, Haber & Mancuso PC, where she focused on criminal defense in and around the Pittsburgh area.
While attending Boston College Law School, Professor Cole participated in the BC Defenders Clinic, where she represented indigent individuals at various stages of their criminal cases. In 2017, she worked as a summer intern in the Michigan Innocence Clinic, where she investigated a variety of cases and helped to litigate a homicide wrongful conviction. She also interned at public defender offices in Boston and Baltimore. In May 2019, Professor Cole received the Lewis S. Gurwitz Award for selfless commitment to the defense of those who lack the resources to defend themselves.