Emily Coward

Research Attorney

Emily Coward has worked as a research attorney with the School of Government’s Indigent Defense Education group since 2012. She earned a B.A. from Oberlin College and a J.D. magna cum laude from Duke University School of Law. At Duke Law School, she served as lead articles editor for Law and Contemporary Problems and received the faculty award for outstanding achievement in criminal law and procedure in 2006. Ms. Coward served as a law clerk for Judge James Robertson of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia from 2006 to 2008, and for Justice Thembile Skweyiya of the Constitutional Court of South Africa in 2009. From 2009 to 2011, she represented clients in civil and post-conviction matters as a staff attorney with North Carolina Prisoner Legal Services.