Brittany Ellenberg grew up in La Porte, Texas, where she graduated valedictorian of her high school class. Brittany then attended the University of Texas at Dallas, and graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science. During college, she created the University’s Diversity Council, a forum for improving diversity and inclusion on campus. Brittany served as President of College Democrats, President of Students for Political Education, Action and Knowledge (SPEAK) and as Political Liaison for PRIDE, an LGBTQ student organization. After founding the University’s College Democrats chapter, Brittany was appointed Vice-Chair of the LGBT Caucus for the national organization, College Democrats of America. At the University, Brittany was also active in moot court, mock trial and interned at the Collin County District Attorney’s Office and the Innocence Project. During college, Brittany traveled to developing countries conducting international human rights research and providing aid to indigenous, refugee, and LGBTQ populations in Costa Rica, Peru, Jamaica and Thailand.
In 2013, Brittany received the Archer Fellowship where she worked at the U.S. Department of State on issues of civilian security, democracy and human rights in the Middle East and North Africa. Brittany then attended the University of Chicago Law School, where she served as an officer in OutLaw and on the Executive Board of the Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago. She was named a Grant Folland Scholar for her commitment to LGBTQ rights, and also selected for Windy City’s 30 Under 30. In summer 2014, Brittany received the International Human Rights Fellowship to work at Minority Rights Group International in London doing impact litigation for minority populations around the world. Brittany was the Business Editor for the Chicago Journal of International Law. She has represented LGBTQ refugees through the International Refugee Assistance Project, and served as a Child Advocate for immigrant children through the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights. Brittany was selected as a Salzburg Cutler Fellow for her academic work on international law, and travelled internationally to study issues relating to comparative law, including conducting constitutional reform research in Morocco for United Nations Women.
Brittany is now an attorney at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, where she practices labor and employment law, and holds a strong commitment for pro bono work, including submitting an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of several LGBTQ organizations opposing the Trump administration’s travel ban. She currently serves on the Board of Governors for the Los Angeles LGBT Bar Association of Los Angeles.