Elizabeth Porter-Merrill

Elizabeth Porter-Merrill

Chair

Email: Elizabeth.Porter-Merrill@coloradodefenders.us


Liz Porter-Merrill is a senior public defender in the Appellate Division of the Colorado State Public Defender’s Office and has argued numerous cases before the Colorado Court of Appeals and Colorado Supreme Court during her service. Prior to becoming a public defender, Liz interned for a federal district court judge (Honorable Wiley Daniel, District of Colorado) and clerked for a Colorado district court judge (Honorable James Klein, 20th Judicial District) as well as a Colorado Court of Appeals judge (Honorable Daniel Taubman). Liz grew up on the Western Slope of Colorado, received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Colorado – Boulder (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa), and graduated from University of Colorado School of Law. She believes in building strong communities, which is exemplified by her volunteer work with We the People (helping high school students learn about government) and Yoga for the People (bringing yoga to underserved and at-risk populations). Wishing to improve our criminal justice system, Liz became interested in restorative justice as a way to help victims, offenders, and society heal. Liz is honored to be appointed to the Restorative Justice Council as the public defender representative by Doug Wilson after passage of HB15-1094.

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