Emily joined Perkins Thompson in 2020 as an associate in the firm’s Litigation practice group. She enjoys taking on nuanced and challenging issues, including, most recently, constitutional questions on rights within the intertidal zone and local minimum wage laws. Emily also works on immigration matters, assisting individuals in gaining and maintaining status in the United States through employment-based petitions.
Emily graduated summa cum laude from the University of Maine School of Law. She was the 2020 Immigration Law Fellow, a Chair of the Multicultural Law Society, and, upon graduation, a recipient of both the Scholastic Achievement Award for Immigration Law and the Faculty Award for Community Service. During her time at Maine Law, Emily focused on gaining practical experience through working as a student attorney in the Refugee and Human Rights Clinic, where she represented clients defensively in the Boston Immigration Court as well as in affirmative applications for various immigration benefits. She was also part of a coalition that worked to successfully pass legislation to benefit special immigrant juveniles in Maine, and she traveled to Laredo, Texas on numerous occasions to assist immigrants detained at the southern border.
Emily was a recipient of the Hon. Daniel E. Wathen First-Year Legal Writing Prize, was an editor of the Maine Law Review, and assisted faculty in researching and writing their scholarly work. After graduation, she co-authored an article on ineffective assistance of counsel cases involving non-citizen defendants who unknowingly pleaded guilty to deportable offenses, published with The Harvard Latin American Law Review.
Prior to attending law school, Emily spent ten years as an award-winning bilingual teacher and as the director of an English language learning program in Chicago. She moved back to Maine to be closer to family. Emily loves traveling, photography, and checking out new restaurants with her husband. Emily is fluent in Spanish.
- Member, Maine State Bar Association BIPOC Lawyers Section
Service / Achievements
- Alumni Representative, University of Maine School of Law Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Taskforce
- Board Member, Maine Justice Foundation