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Elena Schiefele is a Litigation Fellow at Sanford Heisler Sharp.

Elena received her law degree magna cum laude from Washington and Lee University School of Law and her undergraduate degree from Florida Atlantic University. While at W&L, Elena served as the Managing Editor of the Washington and Lee Law Review and worked as a research assistant to Professor Brandon Hasbrouck. Her note, titled When Statutory Interpretation Becomes Precedent: Why Individual Rights Advocates Shouldn’t Be So Quick to Praise Bostock, was published in the Washington and Lee Law Review. Elena also gained practical experience during her externships at the Federal Public Defender’s Office for the Western District of Virginia and with Judge David Cayer in the Western District of North Carolina. Elena graduated Order of the Coif and received the Barry Sullivan Constitutional Law Award.

Following her fellowship at Sanford Heisler Sharp, Elena will begin a clerkship with the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

When Elena is not lawyering, she enjoys spending time outdoors, cooking, and horseback riding.

Education

  • J.D., Washington and Lee University School of Law
  • B.A., Florida Atlantic University

Bar Admissions*

  • *Not admitted to practice at present; practicing under the supervision of H. Vincent McKnight Jr. in the District of Columbia

Publications

  • When Statutory Interpretation Becomes Precedent: Why Individual Rights Advocates Shouldn’t Be So Quick to Praise Bostock, Washington and Lee Law Review, 2021. Author.
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Elena Schiefele

Litigation Fellow