This month HIRC says goodbye to Emily Leung, who has served as the Albert M. Sacks Clinical & Advocacy Fellow for the last three years and as a clinical volunteer for an additional year before that. A skilled teacher, fierce advocate, and loyal friend, Emily has left an indelible mark on the clinic, her colleagues, and her clients alike. The HIRC staff shares some parting thoughts for Emily as she begins the next phase of her career:
I can’t believe Emily is going—not allowed! Her calm, brilliant presence has made my life so wonderful. I know we’re going to keep working together; we’re already plotting (no further info to be provided). I love you Emily; you’ve really brought such joy to my life and had such a special presence and influence on this office and all of your clients. —Deborah Anker
Emily has been amazing colleague and friend, and we will be so sad to see her go! She is an incredible advocate and teacher, and I have learned so much from working with her. South Coastal is very lucky to have her joining their team! —Sabi Ardalan
Emily has been an incredible advocate for her clients; they will miss her easy going personality and good humor. I will miss her! —Liala Buoniconti
Emily is an amazing person. Her kindness, humility, and brilliant lawyering continue to inspire me daily. I have learned so much from watching her interact with her clients, who admire her deeply. Emily makes our office a wonderful place to be, and we will all miss her tremendously! —Lucy Cummings
In addition to being an outstanding attorney, advocate, and teacher, Emily possesses a deep-seated respect for her clients – what they have experienced and what they bring to this country. While we will miss her greatly, I know she will do great work at South Coastal Legal Services. —Nancy Kelly
Emily has been such a wonderful colleague. She will be greatly missed by all of us, as well as her students and clients. But, we’re thrilled that she’s moving on to an exciting new position where she’ll continue to use her talents to help those in need. —Phil Torrey
After a well-deserved vacation, Emily will start this August as a staff attorney for South Coastal Counties Legal Services (SCCLS), an established non-profit legal services program providing free civil legal aid to low-income and elderly clients in Southeastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod and the Islands. Emily will provide a full range of critical legal assistance in to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault and continue to take immigration cases.
Best of luck, Emily. HIRC will miss you!