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Linda A. Elliott

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Linda Elliott represents defendants and plaintiffs in complex litigation at the trial and appellate levels.  Before joining Kellogg Hansen as Of Counsel, Ms. Elliott worked at the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit as Permanent Law Clerk and Special Counsel to Judge Harry T. Edwards, as Special Counsel for Legal Affairs, and as Deputy Circuit Executive.  She also served for seven years as a Staff Attorney at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, where she represented indigent adults and juveniles in all phases of criminal prosecutions, including jury and bench trials, pre-indictment investigations, grand jury representations, pretrial detention hearings, motions practice, and post-conviction appeals.  As a senior felony attorney, Ms. Elliott supervised newer trial division attorneys, acted as senior co-counsel for felony-one cases, and designed and conducted attorney training sessions.  Prior to joining the Public Defender Service, Ms. Elliott was an E. Barret Prettyman Fellow at Georgetown University Law Center, where she represented indigent adults charged with crimes and supervised third-year law students defending clients against misdemeanor charges, while she earned an LL.M. in Advocacy.

Ms. Elliott holds the position of Visiting Professor at the University of Peking School of Transnational Law, Shenzhen, China, where she taught courses from 2010 through 2014.  In addition, from 2007 through 2016 she served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the New York University School of Law.  Ms. Elliott also spent a semester as a Visiting Associate Professor of Law in the Criminal Justice Clinic at the Georgetown University Law Center.  Ms. Elliott has conducted primary research on urban shanty towns in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

Publications & Presentations

Co-Author with Hon. Harry T. Edwards, Federal Standards Of Review: Review Of District Court Decisions And Agency Actions, 3rd ed. (Thomson Reuters 2018); 2nd ed. (Thomson Reuters 2013); 1st ed. (Thomson West 2007)

Reporter, ABA Roundtable on the Proposed Standards Governing the Prosecution and Defense Function, Relations with the Media, American University, Washington College of Law (November 5, 2010)

Small Group Leader, Blending Law, Skills and Values in an Upper Level Course, AALS Workshop on Legal Ethics in A New Millennium, Montreal, Quebec (2005)

Presenter, The Art of Appellate Advocacy, The University of Mississippi School of Law (February 26, 2004)

Co-Author with Hon. Harry T. Edwards, Beware of Numbers (and Unsupported Claims of Judicial Bias), 80 Wash. U. L.Q. 723 (2002)

Moderator, Defending Sex Offense Cases, Criminal Practice Institute Training Conference, Young Lawyers Section, Bar Association of the District of Columbia (1997)

Education

The University of Michigan Law School, J.D., 1986

  • Editor-in-Chief, Michigan Yearbook of International Legal Studies, 1985
  • S. Anthony Benton Award, 1985 and 1986
  • Edwin D. Dickinson Award, 1984

Kalamazoo College, B.A., 1981

  • Miller Prize, 1981

Clerkship

Permanent Law Clerk & Special Counsel to Judge Harry T. Edwards, U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit, 2003-2008 and 2015-2016

Law Clerk, Chief Judge Douglas W. Hillman, U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan, 1986-1988

Government & Public Service

Staff Attorney, Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, 1990-1997

Special Counsel for Legal Affairs, U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit, 2001-2003

Deputy Circuit Executive, U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit, 1998-2001


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