Duncan, Emma


Undergraduate institutions and degrees
Ithaca College – Bachelor of Fine Arts

Graduate institutions and degrees (e.g. UMBC – Master of Science)
City, University of London – Graduate Diploma of Law

Hometown – City, State, and Country (if not the U.S.)
Chevy Chase, MD

Extracurricular and co-curricular activities
Clinic II for the Levitas Initiative and Mediation Clinic; MJIL Staff Editor; Honor Board 3L Representative

Post-graduation plans
Attorney Advisor at the National Gallery of Art!

Who are your mentors? How have they impacted your journey?
Quince Hopkins, Peter Danchin, David Gray, Diane Hoffmann, and many other faculty helped guide me through these past few years. Each of them has helped me get through some of the biggest challenges, both personally and professionally, that I have ever faced. I could not have done this without their guidance (and patience). Toby, Barbara, Stacy, and Deb you gave me the skills and the confidence to see myself, flaws and all, as the professional I can be, not just as who I am now and for that you have my undying gratitude.

What did you learn about yourself in law school?
I learned that something my second grade science teacher said about me was undeniably true–I may be small, but don’t let that fool you into thinking I am in any way weak.

Who was your favorite professor and why?
Well, Professor Pappas’s jokes were certainly the best…But they were all pretty great even when they cold-called me (looking at you, Professor Gray).

What was your favorite class and why?
Clinic (both of them). I much preferred the classes where I could learn to be a lawyer instead of learning about the history of the law.

Write a message.
Thank you to everyone who has helped me stay sane throughout this difficult endeavor. Shannon, I thank you for being there for me no matter what and accepting me even when I’m a horrible grump–you reminded me that I could do this even when I didn’t know I could. Leigh, thank you for providing the perfect escape and providing the driest sense of humor and wit about all things, even when I didn’t know I needed it. Susan, Brittany, Nicole, and Carley, thank you for showing me that good, lasting things come out of difficult experiences. Sheba the cat, thanks for always knowing just when to sit on my laptop and chew my papers. Mom and Dad, I am indebted to you for always supporting me, feeding me, and putting up with me through these past 20 years of school. Jenna, thank you for everything. I mean it. Quince, thank you for taking a chance on me, challenging me, and reminding me daily why I do what I do. And lastly, Miles, words will never encompass the thanks that I owe you.