Biography

Elizabeth Riordan Hurley is an Associate in the Firm's Litigation department, where she represents clients in a variety of litigation matters. Prior to joining the Firm, Ms. Hurley served as a law clerk to the Hon. Carmen Beauchamp Ciparick of the New York Court of Appeals.

Ms. Hurley shares the Firm’s commitment to pro bono. Her representative pro bono experience includes:

  • Representation of a wrongly convicted man who served 21 years of a 25- to 50-year sentence in New York State prison in an application for executive clemency, resulting in his release.
  • Representation of an Ethiopian child with a life-threatening illness and his mother in a petition for humanitarian parole into the United States on the basis of medical need, resulting in their admission into the country.
  • Representation of an undocumented Nicaraguan woman suffering from domestic violence in petitioning for a U Visa, granting her legal residency status in the United States.
  • Representation of Syrian refugees in a petition to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees seeking refugee status determination and resettlement.
  • Drafted an amicus brief filed in United States Supreme Court arguing against the suspension of United States Refugee Admissions Program under Executive Order 13780, the second order of the Trump administration’s travel ban.
  • Drafted an amicus brief filed in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit arguing against the Migrant Protection Protocols, also known as the “Remain in Mexico” policy, requiring asylum seekers arriving at the Southern border to remain in Mexico in often life-threatening conditions during the pendency of their asylum proceedings.
  • Drafted an amicus brief filed in the New York Court of Appeals on behalf of six civil legal services and criminal defense organizations serving low-income New Yorkers, arguing that New York City tenants have standing to challenge the constitutionality of warrantless, suspicionless searches of personal belongings remaining in their apartments during the 30-day bailment period created by a legal possession, also known as partial eviction.
  • Secured dismissal of eviction proceeding brought against an elderly tenant of the New York City Housing Authority.
  • Represented through settlement a putative class of New Orleans public school students with disabilities in civil rights litigation seeking relief under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
Admissions
  • New York
Publications
  • Where the Heart Is: Amending the Fair Labor Standards Act To Provide Wage and Overtime Pay Protection to Agency-Employed Home Health Aides, 85 St. John’s L. Rev. 837 (2014).