Public Interest Law Initiative

2016 Distinguished Intern Alumni Award: Emily L. Seymore

Posted on: December 7, 2016

seymore-emilyEmily Seymore was a PILI Law Student Intern at LAF in 2009. Formerly a social worker, Emily has always had a passion for serving others. As a student at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law she represented prisoners in Malawi with the International Human Rights Clinic at the Bluhm Legal Clinic and interned for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5.

Since joining Paul Hastings LLP, she has dedicated substantial time to a wide range of pro bono matters through the firm’s pro bono initiatives. She has represented pro bono clients in criminal court, helped individuals from Ethiopia obtain asylum, and ensured students with disabilities received proper special education services.

In addition to her pro bono cases, Emily assisted the Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice analyze best practices to improve data collection in the Cook County Circuit Courts. She is a member of their Board of Directors and is the incoming chair of their Administration of Justice Committee.

She remains active at Northwestern, serving as a facilitator for Northwestern’s Engage Chicago program, where she designed and implemented a Law & Social Policy Track for students interested in pursuing legal or other advocacy career paths.

Emily is also an active member of PILI’s Alumni Network Leadership Council and leads the Alumni Fundraising Team.

“Emily is part of the next generation of lawyers who are not just talking about problems with our courts, but who is working to bring about systemic reform. She is dedicated to bringing about courts that are fair and effective for all people, and I am proud of the fact that she has chosen Chicago Appleseed to be one of her pro bono activities.”
– Malcolm Rich, Executive Director of Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice

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