Supervising Attorney, Family Defense Practice
Emma Alpert is a Senior Staff Attorney at Brooklyn Defender Services. She first joined BDS’s Family Defense Practice in 2009 as a Yale Law School Public Interest Fellow, focusing on the intersection of housing and child welfare. She has continued to engage in housing advocacy at the individual and policy levels on behalf of families involved in the child welfare system. Since December 2014, Emma has specialized in litigating res ipsa abuse cases.
Emma is a graduate of Yale Law School, where she was a managing editor of the Journal of Law and Feminism and participated in the Capital Punishment, Immigration, and Domestic Violence Clinics. While in law school, she also worked with the San Francisco Affirmative Litigation Project and spent summers interning with the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California and the Legal Aid Society of New York’s Homeless Rights Project.
Prior to Law School, Emma earned her B.A. with High Honors from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, where she was Phi Beta Kappa, and majored in English, though she wrote her Thesis with the Art History Department. She has worked in Brooklyn and Manhattan as a paralegal, a restaurant server, and a researcher at the Vera Institute of Justice.