Elie Zwiebel, Esq.

Prior to attending law school, Elie Zwiebel taught a variety of subjects and a diversity of students in the Detroit Area, Chicago, Portland, Shenzhen, and Nanjing. Through these experiences, Mr. Zwiebel developed a passion for student and family advocacy. During law school, Mr. Zwiebel engaged in  experiential learning opportunities as often as possible: with movement and power-building nonprofit organizations, where he learned the importance of holistic and interdisciplinary approaches to legal advocacy; with the United States Department of Education Office for Civil Rights, where he gained experience and familiarity with special education law; and with the United States Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, where he contributed to investigating police departments, prisons, and mental health facilities for patterns and practices of discrimination. While in the University of Denver Civil Rights Clinic, Mr. Zwiebel successfully petitioned President Obama to grant clemency to two individuals serving life sentences for nonviolent drug offenses. After spending one year as a Judicial Law Clerk for Judge Norma A. Sierra in the 20th Judicial District, Mr. Zwiebel is thrilled to now zealously represent students and their families in Colorado schools and courts.

Bar Admission

  • Colorado, 2016 - Present


  • University of Denver Sturm College of Law

    • Juris Doctor: May 2016

  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

    • Bachelor of Arts: 2005

    • Major: English

    • Minor: Global Media Studies


  • Colorado Juvenile Defender Center

    • Education Law Staff Attorney, 2018-Present

  • Learn Your Rights in Colorado (LYRIC)

    • Board Member and Treasurer, 2019-Present

    • Volunteer Teacher, 2017-Present

  • Words Beyond Bars

    • Vice President of the Board of Directors, 2017-2019

  • Southern Poverty Law Center

    • Contract Mississippi Legislative Analyst, 2018

  • Homeless Advocacy Policy Project, University of Denver Sturm College of Law

    • Barton Institute Teaching and Research Fellow, 2018

  • CLE Presentations

    • “Education Issues and School Engagement,” 7th Annual Excellence in Juvenile Defense Conference (Colorado Juvenile Defender Center, Office of the Alternate Defense Counsel, Office of the Child’s Representative)

    • “Laws Impacting Students,” No Client Left Behind (Office of the Alternate Defense Counsel)

    • "Educational Advocacy," 6th Annual Excellence in Juvenile Defense Conference (Colorado Juvenile Defender Center, Office of the Alternate Defense Counsel, Office of the Child's Representative)

  • Publications and In the Media

    • “A Shot in the Dark,” Law Week (Jessica Folker)

    • “Using Poetry to Build Bridges,” San Quentin News (Marcus Henderson)

    • “Too High a Price 2: Move on to Where?” (May 2018)

    • “Yes in My Backyard: Building ADUs to Address Homelessness” (May 2018)

    • “Too High a Price: What Criminalizing Homelessness Costs Colorado” (May 2016)