Elizabeth Edwards is a Senior Attorney in the National Health Law Program’s North Carolina offices. In addition to working with the National Health Law Program’s litigation team to develop innovative legal theories to advance the health rights of low income and underserved individuals, Elizabeth’s work includes policy advocacy and legal education.
Elizabeth joined the National Health Law Program after five years with Disability Rights North Carolina, where she worked her way up to lead attorney. At Disability Rights NC, Elizabeth used the Medicaid Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and public policy to ensure equal access and community integration for individuals and groups, with a special focus on ending the long-standing institutional bias toward placement of people with disabilities in large, isolating adult care homes. She also designed and implemented a statewide project regarding voting for people with disabilities, including outreach, training, and organizing accessibility surveys of polling places in all 100 counties.
A graduate of the law school at UNC-Chapel Hill, Elizabeth obtained her bachelor’s in environmental science and policy from Duke University.
Despite the law degree, she remains an ardent Duke fan. Elizabeth is from rural North Carolina and often returns to play in the country or let her dog play in whatever body of water is available.