Senior Legal Analyst and Host
Emily worked as a public defender for most of a decade, first in California and then in New York. She was a trial lawyer and advocate for change, and wrote about her work in The Atlantic and Slate, seeking to re-imagine justice not just in writing but at the New York State Legislature and in testimony to the New York City Council. Emily also worked on life-sentence cases with Stanford Law School’s Three Strikes Project, where she fought for reforms to California’s three strikes law and represented lifers seeking relief under the reformed law. In addition to her work with Appeal Media, Emily is also the co-founder and executive director of Partners For Justice, a nonprofit that trains and places college graduates in public defenders’ offices to fight the enmeshed penalties of legal-system involvement, obtain access to vital services, and make low-income community members’ voices heard. Emily was a clerk to the Honorable Thelton Henderson in the Northern District of California, received her BA in English from Harvard University, and her JD from Stanford Law School.