Senior Staff Attorney, Family Defense Practice
Em Lawler joined the Family Defense Practice in 2016. Before that, she defended people in parole violation hearings at The Legal Aid Society. She graduated from CUNY School of Law in 2014, where she was a recipient of the Haywood Burns Fellowship. While there, she participated in the Public Defenders clinic and organized the Racial and Social Justice Orientation along with some amazing colleagues. During law school, she interned at The Legal Aid Society, The Cook County Public Defenders, Common Law, and at the Family Defense Practice.
Before going to law school, she worked as a case manager at a drop in center for homeless queer youth and organized against prison and jail expansion in Los Angeles. In college, she taught classes at Mitchellville Women’s Correctional Facility in Iowa. She graduated from Grinnell College, where she was awarded the Jeanne Burkle Award for Academic and Activist Involvement.
Em believes that families have the right to institutional and state support, and is proud to defend Brooklyn parents.