Emily Chong
Neighborhood Legal Services Program, Equal Justice Works Fellow

Emily Chong is an Equal Justice Works Fellow at Neighborhood Legal Services Program (NLSP), sponsored by Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. She is deeply committed to fighting for racial, economic, and social justice; at NLSP, Emily focuses on housing discrimination and provides affirmative legal representation, community education, and policy advocacy to help low-income DC residents overcome obstacles to accessing housing.

She earned a B.A. in political science and psychology from Vanderbilt University, where she graduated with honors and was selected for the Susan Jung Award. Emily earned her J.D. from Georgetown Law, where she served as the President of the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association and pursued her passion for public interest and civil rights law through a variety of internships at nonprofits and federal agencies, such as the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, NAACP Legal Defense Fund, and Community Legal Services. A Georgetown Law Scholar and Public Interest Fellow, she was selected for the Leslie Turner Opportunity Scholarship and awarded the Dean’s Certificate for special and outstanding service to the Georgetown community.

Outside the workplace, Emily volunteers with the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs at their Workers’ Rights Clinics, and she also serves on the Board of Directors for the Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership, a nonprofit that seeks to empower Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) youth by increasing access to public service opportunities and building a strong AANHPI public service pipeline. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, reading, doing yoga, and getting ice cream.