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Emily Smith


Emily Smith


Rappaport Center at Boston College Law School


Rappaport Law and Public Policy Fellow



The Rappaport Center for Law and Public Policy Fellows Program affords 12 law students from eight Massachusetts law schools the opportunity to work in a state or local government agency during the summer.

Law School
Suffolk University Law School, 2020 J.D.

Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office

Project Description
Emily worked in the Civil Rights Division of the Attorney General’s Office. Emily had the opportunity to assist in the management of the complaint intake process by attempting to resolve all complaints filed, either through a referral or further investigation. Emily also participated in research and analysis on topics relating to employment discrimination, housing discrimination, and gender identity discrimination. Emily’s policy research consisted of studying the parallels between mass incarceration in the criminal justice system and the recent surge in ICE detentions, observing the impacts both have on communities of color.

Emily graduated from Saint Joseph’s University, with a major in political science and a minor in Latin American Studies. Prior to law school, Emily worked for three years as an investigator at the Defender Association of Philadelphia in the Mental Health Special Defense Unit and spent a year in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps working at the New Orleans Public Defenders. After her Fellowship, Emily interned at GLBTQ Legal Advocates and Defenders (GLAD).