Emily Gould is faculty for Lawyer Leadership: Leading Self, Leading Others, Leading Change, a flagship offering by Columbia Law School’s Leadership Development Working Group, for which she is also a consultant. She is a leadership coach and trainer at Mobius Executive Leadership and the Everyday Leadership Group, specializing in leadership development for legal organizations. As a former criminal prosecutor, government agency general counsel, and mediator, Gould brings more than three decades of experience to her private practice as a consultant and coach to lawyers, judges and legal educators.
An area of specialty for Gould is creating the link between leadership development and inclusion goals of legal institutions. Together, with Columbia Law School Professor Susan Sturm, Gould serves as an interventionist and leadership development consultant on race
and unconscious bias in the Massachusetts Trial Court. Gould offers similar services and programs to law firms globally.
Emily Gould also serves as a law reform consultant to the Supreme Court of Rwanda on the issue of integrating pre-filing interest-based processes in both civil and criminal procedure. Funded by the JAMS foundation, this consultancy additionally focuses on creating trauma informed justice procedures. She is a co-founder of African Peace Partners, a U.S. non-profit that supports community mediation in Rwanda.
In her legal career, Gould served as an Assistant District Attorney for Middlesex County, MA, Director of the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit in the Vermont Office of the Attorney General, and General Counsel to the Vermont Agency of Agriculture. Over the last 15 years, she has mediated a wide range of disputes across many sectors including; commercial enterprises, non-profit organizations, employment, agriculture, education, family and public policy. She serves as an assistant panel member of the Vermont Board of Professional Responsibility, is a past section chair of the Association for Conflict Resolution, chair of the Dispute Resolution Section of the Vermont Bar Association, and a member of the American Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section.
As a founding member of Mediators Beyond Borders International, Gould authored The Empathy Debate: The role of Empathy in Law, Mediation, and the New Professionalism in the Vermont Bar Journal (Fall, 2010).
Gould graduated from Barnard College and Northeastern University Law School. She lives
in Montpelier, Vermont.