Areas of expertise: Children's law, Fellowships, Alumni advising
Emily Kernan is a staff attorney at Advocates for Children, where she works on Project Achieve to improve educational outcomes for children involved in the child welfare system. Before joining Advocates for Children, Emily served as Director of the Mental Health Advocacy Project at Lawyers For Children for five years. In this capacity, she represented children with mental health issues in foster care, abuse, neglect, termination, and adoption proceedings in family court. She started this project as a Skadden Fellow after she graduated from Harvard Law School in 2007. While in law school, Emily did clinical work with a Washington State Court of Appeals Commissioner to develop court reforms to expedite permanency for children in foster care. She also worked at Harvard’s Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative to help children exposed to family violence obtain necessary school-based services. Emily spent her summers at the National Center for Youth Law in Oakland, California, where she assisted with policy work and impact litigation on behalf of children in foster care, and at the Legal Services Center of The Door in New York City, where she advised and represented youth with foster care, education, housing, employment, and immigration problems. Emily received a B.A. in Psychology with a concentration in Child Development from Duke University in 2003. She co-authored an article in Applied Developmental Psychology assessing the likely impact and effectiveness of the Adoption and Safe Families Act using research on child development.
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