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Emi is serving her Knauss fellowship working as a Recreational Fisheries Specialist at NOAA’s Office of Sustainable Fisheries.
Emi completed her J.D. in 2014 with an Environmental and Natural Resources Certificate at Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon. She also received her bachelor’s degree from University of California, Santa Barbara in 2008, majoring in Aquatic Biology.
Emi decided to attend a law school when she realized her interest in marine policy. During her years at Lewis & Clark, Emi learned about many legal issues that arise in marine conservation and focused her studies in environmental law. During her second year summer, Emi worked as a legal intern for the National Sea Grant Law Office to write a law review article about constitutional issues that arise in the watercraft inspection programs to prevent the spread of invasive species. During her third year summer, Emi worked as a legal intern for the Center for Ocean Solutions, where she applied her scientific knowledge in writing legal memorandums to determine whether the current law utilizes scientific theories. During her final year, Emi worked as a legal intern for the International Environmental Law Project, where she researched about each independent and subsidiary body’s authority currently at issue among the countries under the Convention for the Conservation and Management of Highly Migratory Fish Stocks in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean.