Elizabeth Daniel Vasquez

Special Forensic Science Counsel

Elizabeth Daniel Vasquez proudly joined the Brooklyn Defender Services as Special Forensic Science Counsel in 2019. Before joining BDS, Elizabeth worked as a staff attorney in the trial division of the Public Defender Service (“PDS”) for the District of Columbia. At PDS, Elizabeth represented adults and juveniles in D.C. Superior and Family Court who were charged with serious felonies. She also served as a member of PDS’s Forensic Practice Group, focusing on the litigation of forensic evidence across disciplines, consulting on cases involving complex forensic matters, and creating model pleadings and updates on emerging forensic issues. Before PDS, Elizabeth was an associate at Neufeld Scheck & Brustin, LLP, litigating wrongful conviction and civil rights cases in state and federal courts throughout the country. At NSB, Elizabeth’s work focused predominantly on complex § 1983 claims that involved faulty forensic evidence.

Elizabeth is a cum laude graduate of New York University School of Law, where she was Editor-in-Chief of the Review of Law and Social Change and participated in Bryan Stevenson’s Equal Justice and Defender Clinic. While in law school, she also founded The Defender Collective, worked as a research assistant to Professor Erin Murphy on forensic evidence issues, and spent summers interning with the American Civil Liberties Union’s Capital Punishment Project and The Defender Association in Seattle, Washington. Upon graduation, Elizabeth was awarded the Vanderbilt Medal for outstanding contributions to the School of Law.

Prior to law school, Elizabeth worked as a paralegal with Neufeld Scheck & Brustin, LLP, in Manhattan. She earned her B.A. with honors from the University of Chicago. Between her graduation from high school and her entry to college, Elizabeth served as an AmeriCorps member, tutoring and mentoring middle school students designated as at-risk for dropping out of school with Communities in Schools in Austin, Texas.