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Home-Schooled, Human Rights Advocate: Meet the New Editor-in-Chief

Emma Tiner ’18

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Albany Law Review editor-in-chief Emma Tiner experienced her first classroom setting much later than many of her peers. “I was home-schooled. The classroom setting was a new dynamic for me, and I liked it a lot.” 

Today, in her final year of law school, the classroom still feels fresh, but she has settled into law school with ease.

“I didn’t come to law school knowing what kind of law I’d be interested in practicing, or what kind of lawyer I wanted to be,” Tiner said. “I love writing and research, I am interested in human rights issues, and I knew I wanted more school after college. Law school seemed like a natural fit.” She earned her undergraduate degree in communications at SUNY Cobleskill, near her hometown of Richmondville. 

Entering law school, she planned to work hard and get involved in everything, believing that the rest would play itself out. “I ran for the position of editor-in-chief because I wanted to represent the school’s flagship student publication,” she said. “This journal creates value for the school and I’m proud to be in this position.”

While her current workload can be overwhelming, she relishes the experience. “I don’t mind the editing, and I'm comfortable managing the deadlines, the people, and the content.”  The Law Review has 13 other editorial board members, almost 30 subeditors, and 13 associate editors.

Busy as she is, there is always time for guilty pleasures, and for Tiner: “I watch more Netflix than I should.” 

Along with earning editor-in-chief, she and her partner won the 2016 Gabrielli Appellate Advocacy Moot Court Competition, also taking home awards for Best Oral Advocacy and 2nd Best Brief. During her second year, she was a teaching assistant for four courses. She served as a judicial intern her first summer for U.S. Senior District Judge Lawrence Kahn, and worked with Magistrate Judge Christian Hummel of the Northern District of New York for her second summer. Now she has a field placement with Judge Eugene Devine, Appellate Division, Third Department. 

 “The school provides unbelievable opportunities for students interested in so many areas of law,” Tiner said. She notes how crucial it is that the school is located in the Capital District, with access to many courts.

She plans to clerk after school—a goal that became clear to her early on, after she learned to appreciate the remarkable opportunities that come from working closely with judges.

Further on, she has her sights set on working for an organization such as the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Tiner’s focus when she came to law school was on human rights advocacy for the unborn, elderly, and disabled. She became interested in the Bishops’ Conference after learning of their advocacy on many social issues.

“I’ve enjoyed my time in the classroom,” Tiner says. “But I’m ready for what comes next.”

After law school, Tiner will move to New York City, where she will clerk for Judge Richard K. Eaton at the United States Court of International Trade for the 2018-2020 term.

Emma Tiner