Emily Powers

Summer Legislative Policy Law Clerk

Southern California

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Emily is Root & Rebound’s Summer Legislative Policy Law Clerk. She is currently a dual-degree student at the University of San Diego, pursuing a Juris Doctor degree from the law school and a Master’s degree in Peace and Justice from the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies. At the law school, Emily is an associate member of the San Diego Journal of Climate and Energy Law and also works as a research assistant. She has also clerked at the Alliance for Children’s Rights and currently volunteers at the San Diego Legal Aid Unlawful Detainer clinic in her free time.

Emily is originally from Clarion, Pennsylvania. In 2018 she graduated from West Chester University with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. While in college, Emily worked at a criminal defense and immigration law firm and also conducted a research project on compensation for people in Pennsylvania who have been wrongfully convicted. These experiences sparked her interest in working for system-impacted people to combat the harm caused by mass incarceration. During her spare time, Emily enjoys painting, going to the park with her dog, and reading on the beach.

Emily Powers

Summer Legislative Policy Law Clerk

Southern California

Email Emily

Emily is Root & Rebound’s Summer Legislative Policy Law Clerk. She is currently a dual-degree student at the University of San Diego, pursuing a Juris Doctor degree from the law school and a Master’s degree in Peace and Justice from the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies. At the law school, Emily is an associate member of the San Diego Journal of Climate and Energy Law and also works as a research assistant. She has also clerked at the Alliance for Children’s Rights and currently volunteers at the San Diego Legal Aid Unlawful Detainer clinic in her free time.

Emily is originally from Clarion, Pennsylvania. In 2018 she graduated from West Chester University with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. While in college, Emily worked at a criminal defense and immigration law firm and also conducted a research project on compensation for people in Pennsylvania who have been wrongfully convicted. These experiences sparked her interest in working for system-impacted people to combat the harm caused by mass incarceration. During her spare time, Emily enjoys painting, going to the park with her dog, and reading on the beach.

Why do you come to work at Root & Rebound every day?

The work at Root & Rebound is exactly the type of work I went to law school to pursue. I am inspired by Root & Rebound’s dedication to promoting people’s autonomy and liberty and the way the organization uplifts the voices of those most impacted by mass incarceration. I have personally and professionally seen the ways the current system is failing both survivors and perpetrators of harm (categories that usually overlap). I fundamentally believe all people are worthy of redemption and access to resources that enable radical healing and prosperity. Root & Rebound is working towards these goals every day. This organization makes me feel optimistic and imaginative of a more just society.