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Olivia Sedwick

Associate Practice Areas: Litigation Phone: 1-202-968-4506 Email:

Olivia N. Sedwick is a litigation associate at ELG advocating for fair districts and challenging voter suppression tactics around the country alongside her colleagues.

For example, Olivia is part of the teams that secured preliminary injunctions in Alabama and Louisiana, halting the enforcement of their 2021 and 2022 congressional maps, respectively. She also is part of the team that secured the permanent enjoinment of three voter suppression bills in Montana that would have stymied the votes of elderly, disabled, youth, and transgender Montanans.

Before joining ELG, Olivia was the 2020-2021 Francis D. Murnaghan, Jr. Appellate Advocacy Fellow at the Public Justice Center in Baltimore, Maryland. As the Murnaghan Fellow, Olivia filed direct representation and amicus briefs in both state and federal appellate courts advancing a broadened civil rights view on issues such as language bias being a proxy for racial discrimination in Yu v. Idaho State University (CA9). Significantly, Olivia successfully argued before the Maryland Court of Appeals in Wheeling v. Selene Finance, et al. advocating for the proper interpretation of a Maryland law that prevents unlawful evictions and unlawful threats of eviction.

Prior to the Murnaghan Fellowship, Olivia clerked for the Honorable Carl E. Stewart on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Before her clerkship, Olivia was an associate at Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP. While a law student, she served as a judicial intern for the Honorable Ketanji Brown Jackson.

Olivia earned her B.A. in Political Science with a double-minor in Economics and History, summa cum laude, from Winston-Salem State University and her law degree from Howard University School of Law. Olivia served Howard University School of Law as the Student Bar Association Vice President (2017-2018) and Winston-Salem State University as the Student Body President (2014-2015).

Olivia is located in ELG’s Washington D.C. office.