Contract Attorney for Voting Rights and Guardianship
Elissa Gershon (she/her) has been a contract attorney for NDRN since February 2021. She works on materials and training involving voting rights of people with disabilities subject to guardianship or conservatorship, voting and competency, and voting rights of people in institutional settings. She follows and provides technical assistance on current voting litigation and policy proposals. Elissa worked for more than 22 years as Litigation Counsel at Disability Rights California (DRC), the California P&A. She led DRC’s healthcare litigation and policy efforts, focusing on Olmstead implementation and access to Medicaid home and community-based services. After leaving DRC in 2019, Elissa worked on several voting rights and voter engagement initiatives to help increase the participation of underrepresented voters in the electoral process. Elissa earned a B.A. from Tufts University in Boston, MA and a J.D. from the University of California Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco, CA.