Veteran Journalist and Lawyer Elizabeth Stawicki Joins TRAC as Inaugural Patricia Hassett Legal Fellow
(11 Mar 2022) TRAC is excited to announce that Elizabeth Stawicki joined our team in January 2022 as the inaugural recipient of the Patricia Hassett Legal Fellowship. The Hassett Fellowship was created in honor of the life and legacy of Patricia Hassett (1941-2009), the first female faculty member at Syracuse University's College of Law and an active supporter of TRAC's work.

Elizabeth Stawicki is an excellent fit for the position. For the past seven years, Stawicki served as legal counsel at the state of Minnesota's Legislative Auditor's Office (a non-partisan state version of the Government Accountability Office). As Counsel, she conducted high-profile investigations of state agencies and organizations that received public funding. One of those investigations led the University of Minnesota to overhaul and suspend its Psychiatry Department human subject drug trials. She also provided legal counsel and analysis to 60 auditors.

Stawicki was also a news correspondent for Minnesota Public Radio for two decades, covering a wide range of legal issues for regional and national audiences. She covered Minnesota's landmark tobacco trial, which won a Silver Gavel award from the American Bar Association (ABA). Stawicki also covered terrorism case of Mohamed Warsame, the Franken/Coleman U.S. Senate ballot recount, Minnesota's role in Gideon v. Wainwright, and the lack of a free press on many American Indian reservations.

Stawicki has won several national journalism awards, including: the ABA Silver Gavel award (twice), the Gracie Award from the Alliance for Women in Media (also twice), the Unity Award, and a National Headliner for investigative reporting that exposed wide gaps in the FAA's ability to monitor the commuter airline industry. She also was a recipient of the Knight-Wallace Journalism Fellowship at the University of Michigan.

Stawicki also writes and speaks about cameras in courtrooms and other open court initiatives in the U.S. and internationally, most recently in Uzbekistan.

Please join us in welcoming Elizabeth to the TRAC and Syracuse University community!

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