About Elizabeth

My name is Elizabeth Franklin-Best and I’m a lawyer who focuses exclusively on criminal appellate law. I began my career as a public defender in New York state, and then moved home to South Carolina to practice law at the Richland County Public Defender’s office in Columbia, South Carolina where I worked alongside some of the most passionate lawyers in this profession. Later, I worked at the South Carolina Commission on Indigent Defense, Appellate Division where I wrote and analyzed hundreds of different criminal appeals, and gained valuable experience arguing in the South Carolina Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals.I’m licensed in New York, South Carolina, South Carolina District Court, the Fourth, Fifth and Eleventh Circuits of Appeal, and the United States Supreme Court. These days, I’m in private practice and I handle criminal appeals, including federal habeas and white collar crime in both New York and South Carolina, as well as the federal circuit courts of appeal. I am a partner in the law firm of Blume Franklin-Best & Young, LLC and am the Vice-Chair on the Board of Directors for Justice 360, a nonprofit organization devoted to advancing equality in capital cases. I am also a Vice-Chair on the Amicus Committee for the Fourth Circuit for the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and on the White Collar Crime Committee of the American Bar Association.  When I’m not working, I’m training to run a marathon in December, and watching stupid cat videos on YouTube.

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