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Maryam Emory

  • Hosted by Children's Law Center
  • Sponsored by Greenberg Traurig, LLP, Steptoe & Johnson LLP
  • Service location Washington, District of Columbia
  • Law school Howard University School of Law
  • Issue area Children/Youth, Health Care, Medical-Legal Partnership
  • Fellowship class year 2021
  • Program Design Your Own Fellowship

The Project

Maryam (she/her/hers) will provide direct legal services and outreach to bridge the widening health and education disparity gaps facing Black and Latinx children in Washington, D.C., who have been disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 infection rates and hospitalizations have been higher among Black and Latinx children and those with a lower socioeconomic status in Washington, D.C. Since the pandemic began, existing health and education disparity gaps facing Black and Latinx children have only widened. The pandemic has significantly impacted children and their families through COVID-related trauma, inability to access education, lack of access to mental health services, problems accessing public benefits, and increased housing conditions issues. These barriers are intensified for Spanish-speaking families who did not receive outreach in their language and were unaware of pertinent information to access educational devices or virtual learning.

Maryam’s commitment to health equity and advocacy is rooted in her personal and professional experiences in the U.S. and abroad. She is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer and has held law clerk positions in Medical-Legal Partnerships. She was born in Washington, D.C., and believes that her experiences, paired with her passion for health equity, have well prepared her for this work.

Fellowship Plans 

Maryam will collaborate with impacted families and Children’s Law Center’s medical partners to ensure the most critical legal concerns are identified and addressed in a culturally sensitive manner. She will provide direct legal representation to Black and Latinx children and their families in matters relating to public benefits, obtaining timely education evaluations, language access laws, and housing conditions. She will also create a toolkit dedicated to identifying and addressing intensified legal needs triggered by COVID-19 as a sustainable resource to be utilized by stakeholders across the D.C. area.


2021 Greenberg Traurig Equal Justice Works Law Fellows to Tackle Racial, Economic, and Social Justice Issues

I have seen the devastation the pandemic has had on Black and Latinx communities. As a Black woman committed to health equity, I must do my part in changing the trajectory of this pandemic’s impact on communities to which I am connected.

Maryam Emory /
2021 Equal Justice Works Fellow

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