Emily ChongEqual Justice Works Fellow, Sponsored by Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Emily Chong

Emily joined Neighborhood Legal Services Program in September 2018 as an Equal Justice Works Fellow, sponsored by Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. Her fellowship focuses on housing discrimination; she provides affirmative legal representation, community education, and policy advocacy to help low-income DC residents overcome obstacles to accessing housing. She is based in the New York Avenue office.

She is committed to working in civil rights and public interest law. During law school, she interned at the NAACP Legal and Educational Defense Fund, Community Legal Services, Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice. Additionally, she worked as a student attorney in the Civil Rights Clinic, as well as serving as the President of the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association and Executive Editor of the Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law & Policy. She was also a recipient of the Peggy Browning Fund Fellowship and Asian Pacific American Bar Association Educational Fund Community Service Fellowship, as well as a Georgetown Public Interest Fellow and Georgetown Law Center Scholar. 
Emily earned her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, where she was selected for the Leslie Turner Opportunity Scholarship and awarded the Dean’s Certificate. She obtained a B.A. from Vanderbilt University, where she majored in political science and psychology and graduated with honors. Outside of the workplace, Emily volunteers with the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs Workers’ Rights Clinics and serves on the Board of Directors for the Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership. 
Emily can be reached by phone at 202-269-5112, or via email at echong@nlsp.org.