As the staff attorney for the Government Law Center (GLC), part of Emily Ekland’s job is to manage the center’s Economic Development and the Law initiative.
“The GLC is part of an exciting push in innovation and entrepreneurship,” said Ekland, who graduated from Albany Law School in 2012. “We work closely with many business organizations and include students in those collaborations, putting them in the same room as executives and entrepreneurs from around the region.”
The GLC strives to create engines for economic growth and to serve as a valuable resource for entrepreneurs. From publishing a series of white papers on such topics as venture capital and intellectual property to hosting innovation mixers, the center has become a hub of information and networks for both the business community and students.
“Students regularly publish their work in our Entrepreneurial White Paper Series,” said Ekland. “It’s an excellent way to showcase their knowledge in legal subject matter and establish their work in the community. Many of the papers are viewed by business organizations, and potential employers like to see students making a name for themselves in economic development.”
The GLC also works closely with the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE). The collaboration includes a joint class that teaches law students how to be lawyers for startup companies. The class is intended to give law students the tools they need to effectively represent the growing number of entrepreneurs and startups in New York.
“Albany Law School’s students collaborate with the students in the CNSE entrepreneurship program on a number of projects,” said Ekland. “Last semester, for example, two of our students did a patent search for a company at CNSE. That’s direct experience working in intellectual property law. They did a great job and can now use that experience in their resumes.”
Before being appointed staff
attorney, Ekland was a post-graduate fellow in the GLC. During law
school, Ekland was a law clerk for the School Administrators Association
of New York State, based in Latham, N.Y. She was also executive editor
of the Albany Government Law Review.
She earned her undergraduate degree in history and political science from Russell Sage College in Troy, N.Y.