Emma Roth

  • Hosted by American Civil Liberties Union Women’s Rights Project
  • Sponsored by The Morrison & Foerster Foundation
  • Service location New York, New York
  • Law school Yale Law School
  • Issue area Education/Special Education, Women's Rights
  • Fellowship class year 2017
  • Program Design Your Own Fellowship

The Project

Emma engaged in direct legal services, impact litigation, and policy advocacy to ensure that girls can learn and thrive in equitable educational environments free from racial and gender bias.

Policymakers often overlook the needs of female students, and those of female students of color in particular, when designing education reforms. Yet girls of color face numerous barriers to equal educational opportunity including the discriminatory enforcement of school dress codes and school discipline codes, sexual harassment, and the lack of trauma-informed services. Far too often, school personnel discipline female students instead of provide them with needed support services if they “act out” as a result of experiences of trauma, such as sexual violence.

Fellowship Highlights

Emma has engaged in litigation and advocacy to challenge the discriminatory enforcement of school dress codes in school districts across the country. Through this work, she has struck down school policies that perpetuate sex stereotypes and victim-blaming, secured media coverage of her clients’ stories in outlets such as the New York Times, and contributed to a national dialogue on sexist and racist dress codes. Emma has also engaged in litigation and advocacy in support of young survivors of sexual harassment and assault. Her work has helped to ensure that survivors have equal access to educational and professional opportunities, ranging from college classrooms to federal national service programs.

Next Steps

After her Fellowship, Emma will clerk for the Honorable Ronnie Abrams in the Southern District of New York. Through her federal clerkship, Emma hopes to gain new skills and insights that will enable her to become an even stronger advocate for her clients.


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