Student Spotlight: Emily True ’22

Emily True

Co-Chair RISE Indivisible (Resisting Injustice, Standing for Equality)

What has been the best surprise about your law school experience?

As an undergraduate, I found professors to be very intimidating. As a law student, I've been pleasantly surprised by how friendly and accessible my professors are. My professors are engaging lecturers and accomplished in their area of study, but also care deeply about their students and go above and beyond when it comes to giving class, career, and life advice. 

Tell me about your role as RISE Indivisible Co-Chair. 

RISE Indivisible models itself after Indivisible, a coalition focused on organizing to resist structural systems of oppression. RISE rallies students around progressive political and community activism. I love being a part of RISE because we're a generalist organization that uplifts a wide variety of causes and partners with other student groups to promote their advocacy work. Last year, we focused on efforts surrounding the 2020 election—we helped students sign up to be poll workers, help on campaigns, and do voter protection work. This year, we're uplifting advocacy around immigration, reproductive justice, and education. It's exciting to work with other students and raise awareness about progressive issues! 

What has been your favorite law school class so far?

I've generally loved all of my law school classes, but my Reproductive Justice Clinic seminar has been particularly impactful for me. I've learned so much about the jurisprudence regarding reproductive rights, and our weekly classroom discussions push me to be a more thoughtful and engaged advocate.                                                 

What do you like about going to law school in New York City?

What's not to like? The city itself acts as a classroom; there are so many ways to get involved and interesting legal opportunities to take advantage of here. I love how there is always so much happening around campus; Washington Square Park has such a joyous and vibrant energy. 

What’s the last book you read and loved?

This is sort of cheating because I haven't finished it yet, but I am currently reading Sexual Justice by Alexandra Brodsky. It's a perfect complement to my law school courses.  I recently finished Empire of Pain by Patrick Radden Keefe and cannot recommend it enough — it's both insightful and infuriating.

Posted November 15, 2021