Elise Helgesen is a Democracy Fellow specializing in legal issues. She is originally from Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Elise graduated from the College of William and Mary in 2008 with a major in Government. This past May 2011, Elise earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of Florida, Levin College of Law. At the University of Florida, Elise was Executive Articles Editor of the Journal of Law and Public Policy. Elise founded the UF chapter of the ACLU, and took part in the Gator TeamChild Juvenile Law Clinic and the Restoration of Civil Rights Project, among other activities. Before coming to FairVote, Elise interned for the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, working on voting rights issues. She also interned for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida.