Emma Block joined Relman Colfax in 2022 for a two-year term as a civil rights paralegal. Her work focuses on supporting the firm’s civil rights litigation and counseling practices.
Emma graduated cum laude from Bates College with a B.A. in Sociology. For her senior honor’s thesis, she partnered with the Maine Prisoner Reentry Network to interview formerly incarcerated people and examine barriers and benefits to receiving post-incarceration reentry support; for this research, Emma was awarded the Myhrman-Swett Award for the most outstanding Sociology thesis. During college, Emma volunteered as an intake screener for the Volunteer Lawyers Project, which provides free legal assistance to individuals at the Lewiston District Court. Emma also created and ran a mentorship program between Bates students and students at the local high school. Emma completed summer internships with the Lewiston District Court and with Georgetown Law School’s Criminal Defense and Prisoner Advocacy Clinic, where she completed investigative tasks for COVID-19 Compassionate Release and juvenile justice resentencing cases.
In her free time, Emma enjoys being outdoors, knitting, reading, and spending time with friends.