Elena Thompson is the Gallogly Family Foundation Public Interest Law Fellow for the ACLU of Ohio. In addition to assisting with other major litigation, her current work focuses on combatting discriminatory disciplinary and grooming policies that target k-12 students on the basis of race, gender, and sexual orientation in public schools. Through impact litigation and advocacy partnerships with students and school administrators, Elena is working to eliminate the school-to-prison pipeline in Ohio.
Elena graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.A. in Political Science from The University of Oklahoma in 2017. She received her J.D. in 2020 from The University of Texas School of Law, where she was an Articles Editor for the Texas Journal on Civil Liberties and Civil Rights and a voting rights law clerk for the Texas Civil Rights Project.
Outside of her work at the ACLU, Elena is an ardent cook, self-proclaimed plant lady, novice knitter, and pub trivia connoisseur. She also loves spending time hiking with her partner and watching college football.