Liz Seaton, Esq. | State Policy Director
Liz Seaton is now State Policy Director at NCLR, having previously served on staff as Director of Projects and Managing Attorney. Liz is the former Deputy Director at the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy. She is a founding member and current board member of the Transgender Law and Policy Institute. Prior to working at ACS, she spent six years at the Human Rights Campaign, most recently as HRC’s General Counsel and Legal Director. She originally joined the staff of HRC as Deputy Field Director focusing on HRC’s efforts to support the legislative work of state LGBT groups organized as the Equality Federation. Prior to taking leadership of HRC’s legal work, she worked extensively on HRC’s federal legislative agenda, including building support for transgender-inclusive legislation and co-authoring "Transgender Americans: A Handbook for Understanding."
Her background includes practicing family law and employment discrimination law with NCLR’s National Family Law Advisory Council member Susan Silber at the law firm of Silber & Perlman., P.A. in Takoma Park, Maryland. Liz is the former Executive Director of Equality Maryland (then Free State Justice) and the former Associate Legal Services Director at the Whitman-Walker Clinic in Washington, D.C.
She earned her J.D. from American University’s Washington College of Law in 1994 where, as adjunct faculty, she has taught both Legal Methods and Sexual Orientation (and Gender Identity) and the Law. Liz earned a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Women’s Studies at The George Washington University in 1990, and got her Bachelor of Science degree at Michigan State University. Liz lives in Takoma Park, Maryland, with her partner and their child.