Born the son of two public school teachers, and the grandson of two more, Ethan Emery was taught the importance of education and civic responsibility from an early age. Raised exclusively in the Sunshine State, he applied himself at school as best he could, and when the time came he jumped at the chance to attend the University of Central Florida. As an undergraduate at UCF, Ethan pursued a dual degree in Political Science and English, focusing on American politics and creative writing respectively.
He also involved himself heavily with the community service programs organized by the Burnett Honors College. He worked as a Team Leader for Honors Symposium, a Civic Intern for the Office of Research and Civic Engagement, and a trip leader for VolunteerUCF’s Alternative Break Program. He graduated with University Honors in both degree programs in 2015. After graduation, Ethan moved to Virginia to attend William and Mary Law School. His studies focused on a variety of key areas of law for the progressively-minded, including criminal justice law, immigration law, education law, election law, and various other constitutional issues. He helped organize the William and Mary Supreme Court Previews in 2016 and 2017 under the direction of Professor Neal Devins and edited the Preview Notebooks both years. He also contributed to the school’s Election Law Blog, writing on what would become Amendment 4 on the 2018 Florida Ballot. During his final year at the law school, he worked with the Legal Aid Society of Eastern Virginia through the school’s Domestic Violence and Family Law Clinics. He graduated in 2018 but soon left Virginia to apply what he’d learned to the benefit of his home state.
In his free time, Ethan can be found alternately searching for election/polling news or complaining about the persistence of regressive trends in pop culture, depending on if it’s an election year or not.