The National Lawyers Guild Foundation and National Office are thrilled to announced the recipient of the 2017 Leonard I. Weinglass Memorial Fellowship, Emily Posner of the NLG Louisiana Chapter!
Emily received her J.D. from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law in 2013. While at Loyola, she was awarded the 2013 Public Service Award from the Gillis Long Poverty Law Center and the 2010 Roger Baldwin Award from the Maine Civil Liberties Union. For two years, she worked as the Policy and Legislative Counsel for the Recirculating Farms Coalition in New Orleans. At RFC, Emily coordinated various policy initiatives related to agriculture and fishery issues. Her current practice provides high-level criminal defense, civil rights, and environmental justice services.
As a NLG Weinglass Fellow, Emily will be joining the Campaign to Fight Toxic Prisons and the Abolitionist Law Center to work on a strategic campaign to exhaust federal inmate’s administrative remedies in an effort to challenge the Bureau of Prison’s proposal to build a new maximum security prison on a former coal mining site in Letcher County, Kentucky. Emily will coordinate an effort to engage federal inmates in opposing this prison, and provide tools and resources so they can file complaints about the project through BOP’s administrative remedies program. She will be drafting a model administrative complaint, creating an online database of complaints, and tracking them through the administrative process. Please joining us in congratulating Emily!
The NLG Leonard I. Weinglass Memorial Fellowship is awarded annually to a NLG member and recent law school graduate. Fellows receive an award to spend 10 weeks working on a project in line with the mission of the NLG and the career of Leonard Weinglass.