Quinnipiac University
Elizabeth S. Tanaka

Visiting Assistant Prof of Law

Elizabeth S. Tanaka is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Law at Quinnipiac University School of Law. She teaches courses related to criminal law and research, writing, and oral advocacy.

After graduating from QUSL, Professor Tanaka served as a law clerk for Justice C. Ian McLachlan and Judge Bethany J. Alvord, at the Connecticut Appellate Court. Before joining the faculty, Professor Tanaka was an Assistant State’s Attorney. She represented the State of Connecticut in the prosecution of serious felonies and complex financial crimes, in trial and appellate courts.

Professor Tanaka is admitted to practice in Connecticut, Hawaii, New York, and the District of Connecticut. She is a member of the Association of Legal Writing Directors, Connecticut Asian Pacific American Bar Association, the Legal Writing Institute, and the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association. She has taught undergraduate courses in natural science, forensic science, conspiracy theories, and the experience of Asians and Asians-Americans in the U.S.


  • BS, University of Rhode Island
  • MS, The City University of New York
  • JD, Quinnipiac University

Areas of Expertise

  • Legal Research and Writing
  • Criminal Law


  • Law

Office Location

  • School of Law and Education

Mail Drop

  • LW-FAC