Chicago-Kent Honors Scholar
Class of 2017
Emily Linehan is from the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C. She graduated from Brown University and received a B.A. in Slavic Studies. During her senior year, she spent a semester abroad in St. Petersburg, Russia, where she volunteered at the American Corner at the U.S. Embassy. With an interest in pursuing a career in public service and continuing with Russian language and area studies, Emily went on to the University of Texas at Austin, where she received dual Master's degrees in Public Affairs and Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies. She spent both of her graduate school summers in Russia, including a summer in Moscow, where she interned at the U.S. Embassy in the Law Enforcement Section, assisting the section with research on topics including international anti-money laundering legislation and alternative dispute resolution. Following graduate school, Emily worked in international development in both the nonprofit and public sectors in Washington, D.C., most recently at the Department of Commerce, where she worked on commercial legal development in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
During her first year of law school, Emily volunteered at the Richard J. Daley Center's Self-Help Web Center, assisting pro-se litigants. The summer after her 1L year, she interned at the Cook County State's Attorney's Office in the Narcotics Division. This fall she is externing with the Honorable Timothy Barnes in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Northern District of Illinois.
Emily is a member of the Moot Court Honor Society and the Student Alumni Board. In her free time, Emily enjoys traveling, finding people she can speak Russian and Spanish with, and exploring Chicago's many cultural and food festivals.