Alisa Lauer was born and grew up in rural Nebraska. She attended the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, where she graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and a minor in English. During her undergraduate career, she was the recipient of a National Aeronautics and Space Administration Fellowship, for which she researched airport security and compiled “The Image of Airport Security: An Annotated Bibliography,” published in The UNO Aviation Monograph Series. She also served as the President of UNL’s chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma Criminal Justice National Honor Society, and received the national organization’s V.A. Leonard Scholarship.
Alisa attended the University of Nebraska College of Law and graduated third in her class of 110 students. In law school, she served as Articles Editor for the Nebraska Law Review and was the President of the Equal Justice Society. She was invited and inducted into the Order of the Coif, a national honorary scholastic society for law school graduates. Her work, Dispelling the Constitutional Creation Myth of Tribal Sovereignty, is published in the Nebraska Law Review. Of her collegiate accolades, she is most proud of having been selected as a Theodore Sorensen Fellow, a fellowship established by Theodore C. Sorensen who was a University of Nebraska College of Law alumni and President John F. Kennedy’s speechwriter, as well as one of President Kennedy’s closest advisers.
Following law school, Alisa served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable C. Arlen Beam of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. Upon completion of her clerkship, she moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico where her interest in helping others led her to serve as a Felony Trial Attorney for the New Mexico Public Defender Department. In that capacity, Alisa achieved many successes in her representation of indigent clients, including obtaining acquittals and dismissals of charges during numerous jury trials. Her accomplishments included uncovering an unconstitutional lower court practice—a revelation that resulted not only in the reduction of charges for her client, but also established precedent for other cases. She also worked for the Supreme Court of New Mexico as a staff attorney and for nine years was the senior staff attorney and general counsel for the First Judicial District Court. In her position with the District Court, she worked on a diverse array of matters, including administrative appeals and tort litigation. She served on the Supreme Court’s Committees on Ad Hoc Local Rules and Jury Improvement and contributed to revising the statewide rules on habeas corpus procedures.
Alisa is a former NFL Players Association-certified agent and has acted as a consultant on sports-related business issues, as well as NFLPA mediations. While a student at UNL, she worked for the Nebraska Legislature, including in the role of Assistant to the Speaker. She has also served as a Legislative Analyst for the New Mexico House of Representatives Judiciary Committee.
Throughout her career and life, Alisa has been dedicated to promoting justice. She is inspired by the wisdom of the Athenian statesman, Solon, who said, “We can have justice whenever those who have not been injured by injustice are as outraged by it as those who have been.”