Elizabeth
McGriff ’96

Director of the Legal Education Opportunity Program (LEOP)

Biography

Elizabeth McGriff is an award-winning, dynamic and visionary leader, educator, lawyer, advocate and public speaker. She serves as the Director of the Legal Education Opportunity Program (LEOP) and Equity & Inclusion Advisor at UC Hastings Law. Elizabeth earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and a minor in Spanish from Mills College and a Juris Doctor from the UC Hastings Law.

In her role as LEOP Director, Elizabeth manages admissions, academic support and community building. Elizabeth’s innovative and student-centered approach to programming has driven outstanding achievement among LEOP students. Elizabeth has deep experience in academic support, counseling and social-emotional development, all of which are instrumental to positive outcomes for the students she serves. Elizabeth is an experienced educator and has taught students in preschool through law school with a keen focus on educational equity and diversity. Elizabeth possesses significant expertise in diversity, equity and inclusion, having worked in diverse public and private educational institutions, as well as having served as the Director of Diversity Pipeline Programs for The Bar Association of San Francisco, where she managed more than 14 diversity programs. In addition, Elizabeth managed the annual Bay Area Diversity Career Fair and worked in the diversity and recruiting departments for a large law firm. In her role as Equity & Inclusion Advisor, Elizabeth advises the law school on matters of equity and inclusion. Elizabeth also has legislative experience and served as the chief legislative assistant to a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.

Elizabeth has worked as a trial lawyer and her practice experience includes work in a top law firm, in-house and public interest. Elizabeth is highly skilled in mediation, negotiation, facilitation and arbitration. She has mediated and successfully resolved hundreds of cases. Elizabeth is a talented and much sought after speaker and presenter. In her spare time, Elizabeth enjoys spending time with her family. She also enjoys reading, writing, cooking, baking, animals and music. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc., a public service sorority.

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