Lissa was born and raised in Austin, Texas. She attended college at Baylor University, where she earned a B.A. in English Literature. After graduating, Lissa journeyed north to attend Washington State University, where she received a Master of Arts in English. While in Washington, Lissa made several trips to western Montana and decided to call it home. She attended the University of Montana School of Law, during which she interned with a Missoula law firm before joining Boone Karlberg as an intern and completed her clinical internship with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.
Lissa spends her free time hiking with her two dogs, cross-country skiing, and working toward her goal of summiting all the named Montana Bitterroot Mountains.
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