Jun 19, 2020
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Emily Wittlinger gained experience and interest in the field of labor and employment law while working as a law clerk at the Law Offices of Claudia Davidson during her final year as a law student. While there, she participated in multiple areas of employment and labor litigation, including matters related to unemployment compensation, employee rights under the National Labor Relations Act, and union-side labor law.
Emily obtained her Juris Doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh, and her B.S. magna cum laude from the University at Buffalo. While completing her J.D., Emily acted as the Executive Editor in Chief of the Pittsburgh Journal of Environmental and Public Health Law, and as a Legal Writing Teaching Assistant to Professor Teresa Kissane Brostoff. Emily was also awarded CALI Excellence for the Future Awards for achieving the highest grade in a Post-Conflict and Transitional Justice seminar, and for being the highest performer in a Criminal Prosecution Practicum at the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office.
While in law school, Emily secured a number of internships with both public and private entities, including the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Pennsylvania, the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office, National Fuel Gas, the Law Offices of Claudia Davidson, and the Honorable Lisa Pupo Lenihan of the Western District of Pennsylvania. She also enhanced her trial advocacy skills by earning a position on the Pitt Law Mock Trial team, where she competed in the national ABA Labor and Employment Mock Trial Competition and the Academy of Trial Lawyers Mock Trial Competition.
Emily is committed to using her legal education and experience to serve her community and the disadvantaged. Prior to attending law school, Emily spent two years working in Kampala, Uganda, for International Justice Mission, an international human rights non-profit. There, Emily worked to defend the rights of widows and orphans who were victims of violent land seizure and to reform the Ugandan public justice system to be more responsive to the poor.
While completing her law degree, Emily served on the Board of the Pitt Legal Income Sharing Foundation (“PLISF”), a student-run 501(c)(3) providing scholarships to students securing unpaid public interest internships. Emily also served as a law student volunteer for Christian Legal Aid of Pittsburgh. In support and recognition of her dedication to uncompensated public interest legal work as a law student, Emily was awarded an Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps J.D. Scholarship and a PLISF Scholarship.
Emily currently serves as a volunteer attorney at Christian Legal Aid of Pittsburgh, where she provides pro bono legal services to disadvantaged members of the Pittsburgh community.