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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
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
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.