Elizabeth Koo (she/her) is senior counsel for the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF). Elizabeth returned to AALDEF, after having previously served as a former intern, program associate and community organizer at AALDEF, before becoming a lawyer. Through a combination of her organizing and legal work, Elizabeth has more than 15 years of experience fighting for racial, social, and economic justice.
Elizabeth was an Assistant Attorney General for the New York State Office of the Attorney General where she led workplace justice investigations and litigation against multinational corporations, and prior to that, a staff attorney for the Empire Justice Center where she represented immigrants and workers of color, litigated labor and employment cases, advocated for improvements in laws governing New York’s low-wage workforce, and supported workers’ centers and community organizations through a community lawyering approach. Elizabeth’s past work and affiliations include the Urban Justice Center’s Community Development Project, Fordham Law School’s Feerick Center for Social Justice, Main Street Legal Services, and the Mississippi Workers’ Center for Human Rights.
Elizabeth is a graduate of the City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law, where she was a W. Haywood Burns Fellow in Civil and Human Rights and editor-in-chief of the CUNY Law Review. Elizabeth also clerked for Magistrate Judge James L. Cott of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.