Emily Bock ‘16
Primary Areas of Interest: Criminal defense and collateral consequences of criminal records
Ms. Bock graduated from Haverford College in 2011 with a B.A. in English Literature and a concentration in Gender and Sexuality Studies. Prior to law school, Ms. Bock was a Haverford House Fellow and worked at Community Legal Services of Philadelphia and at the National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women, also in Philadelphia. She also volunteered with the Pardon Me Clinic of X-Offenders for Community Empowerment, the Criminal Records Expungement Project of the Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity, and the Restorative Justice Project at the State Correctional Institution at Graterford, PA.
As a student at Temple, Ms. Bock expanded her experience with poverty law, criminal justice, and collateral consequences of criminal records by completing internships and clinicals with Community Legal Services of Philadelphia, Women Against Abuse, the New Jersey Office of the Public Defender, the Temple Legal Aid Office, and the Sheller Center for Social Justice. She was the 2014-2015 co-chair of the Temple Law National Lawyers Guild Chapter, and a co-founder of the Temple National Lawyers Guild Expungement Project.
In addition to the Rubin-Presser Social Justice Fellowship, Ms. Bock received a Beasley Scholarship, the Honorable Dolores Sloviter Public Interest Fellowship, the Henry Maxmin Scholarship, a Student Public Interest Network (SPIN) Public Interest Honors Grant, and the National Lawyers Guild C.B. King Award. She was named a Law Student of the Year by National Jurist Magazine in 2016 and a PSJD Pro Bono Publico Merit Distinction Honoree in 2015.
After law school, Emily will clerk for one year in the Superior Court of New Jersey-Criminal Division. She intends to pursue a career as a public defender or to work more broadly with people encountering and re-entering from the criminal justice system.
Chi-Ser Tran '16
Primary Areas of Interest: Low-wage immigrant workers’ rights and language access
Ms. Tran earned a B.A. in Asian/Pacific/American Studies from New York University in 2009. She then served as a Programs Fellow at the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy in Washington, DC. She went on to become the Voting Rights Organizer at the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund in New York. She has worked with a wide variety of community leaders and organizations around the country to enforce and implement language access for Limited English Proficient (LEP) Asian American voters.
During law school, Ms. Tran developed a focus on employment-related legal assistance to low-wage, LEP Asian immigrant workers She completed internships with the U.S. Department of Labor in the Philadelphia Regional Solicitor’s Office, the employment unit at Community Legal Services of Philadelphia, and Nationalities Service Center, as well as the Sheller Center for Social Justice Lawyering Clinic and the Temple Legal Aid Office Community Lawyering Clinic. She served as a Law Student Liaison to the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania Executive Committee, and was active with the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association and the National Lawyers Guild chapters at Temple Law.
Ms. Tran was honored with a Peggy Browning Fellowship in 2014 and 2015 a Public Interest Law Student Award from the Public Interest Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association in 2015. She was a 2015 NLG Haywood Burns Fellow and a 2014 APABA-PA Judge William M. Marutani Fellow. Additionally, she has received the Henry Maxmin Scholarship, the Philadelphia Bar Foundation Young Lawyers Division Diversity Scholarship, and the UPS/NAPABA Law Foundation Gold Mountain Scholarship.
After graduation, she will represent low-wage and LEP immigrant workers as a Legal Fellow at Community Legal Services of Philadelphia, with funding from the Initiative for Public Interest Law at Yale.