Emma Cheuse joined the Washington, D.C., office of Earthjustice in 2008 after serving as the Alan Morrison Supreme Court Assistance Project Fellow at Public Citizen Litigation Group and clerking for Judge Judith W. Rogers on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.
Emma earned her law degree from the University of Michigan Law School, graduating Order of the Coif in 2006, and received her Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude from Harvard-Radcliffe College in 1998.
She developed her understanding of the importance of environmental protection and community-based advocacy while growing up in the Hudson River Valley, the Adirondacks, and the Catskills, and then working to expand equity in governmental leadership and progressive political action in Minnesota, Virginia, Illinois and Massachusetts. During law school, Emma co-founded the Voting Rights Initiative at UM Law School and co-authored Documenting Discrimination in Voting: Judicial Findings Under Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act Since 1982, 39 U. Mich. J.L. Reform 643 (2006), with Professor Ellen Katz et al.
At Earthjustice, Emma focuses on the need to protect clean air, clean water, and the right to a healthy community, and seeks to contribute to the work of her clients and allies to fight environmental injustice. In 2015, she was recognized as one of the Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40 by the National LGBT Bar Association.
Earthjustice is the premier nonprofit environmental law organization. We wield the power of law and the strength of partnership to protect people’s health, to preserve magnificent places and wildlife, to advance clean energy, and to combat climate change. We are here because the earth needs a good lawyer.