Elizabeth Voorhees, Esq.
Elizabeth is a family law attorney with 17 years of experience in 11 counties in Northern California. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from UCSC with a double major in Legal Studies and Sociology, earning both College Honors and Honors in Legal Studies.
Elizabeth attended Santa Clara University School of Law, where she was honored with a scholarship from the Women in Law sorority for her outstanding work in the field of domestic violence advocacy. She worked as a Domestic Violence advocate in Santa Cruz County for several years before graduating from law school. The County of Santa Cruz honored her four years in a row for Outstanding Community Service. Participating in Moot Court her first year of law school, she earned an award for “Best Oral Advocate” and the top score for Client Counseling at Santa Clara University. Elizabeth interned for the Northern California Innocence Project all four years of law school and helped free a man who had been wrongly incarcerated for 17 years. The story of this journey is told in the movie “Witchhunt,” available on Prime Video.
Additionally, Elizabeth has taught Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, and Introduction to Legal Studies in the Legal Studies Department at UCSC. A Court Appointed Special Advocate for foster children since 1995, she has experience with Employment Law, Civil Law, Family Law, Death Penalty Appeals, and Juvenile Dependency.
Elizabeth completed coursework for Collaborative Divorce, which included hours of mediation and dispute resolution training. She also enrolled in two courses through the Strauss Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine School of Law where she completed “Mediating the Litigated Case” and “Domestic Dispute Resolution” courses. Upon returning to her practice, Elizabeth engaged in mediation with couples in Santa Cruz County and Santa Clara Counties, and has been facilitating mediations ever since that time.
Elizabeth volunteers with the courts as a Settlement Officer as well, and often assist attorneys and their clients to reach create solutions and resolutions to difficult disputes.
Post-law school, Elizabeth trained at the Strauss Institute For Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University School of Law where she completed two courses: Mediating the Litigated Case and Domestic Relations Mediation, a mediation course specific to Family Law. In 2005, Elizabeth completed both levels of advanced training in Collaborative Divorce.
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