B.A. 1965, City College of New York
J.D. 1987, Harvard University
Ph.D. 1971, Case Western Reserve University
When Elizabeth Rapaport joined the UNM law faculty in 1995, she brought 17 years of experience teaching philosophy and public policy, with ethics as her specialty. After earning a Ph.D. in philosophy in 1971 at Case Western Reserve University, she spent the next 12 years teaching at Boston University, University of Southern California, Brown University, Bennington College and the University of Sydney.
After earning a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1987, she returned to the classroom at Duke University, where she taught in the school of public policy.
Her own research combines theoretical and empirical components as she looks at the effects of the legal system on a real world. Areas she has focused on include the death penalty and executive clemency.
She regularly brings these interests and her philosophy and ethics background into the classes she teaches at the UNM law school. A seminar on executive clemency in 2002 resulted in one of her students succeeding in gaining clemency for a client serving a 25 1/2-year prison term.
Rapaport serves on the State Bar's Task Force to Consider the Administration of the Death Penalty in New Mexico.