Emma Westerhof graduated from the University of Virginia in May of 2020. She received a B.A. in Spanish, as well as a B.A. in Government-Foreign Affairs with Honors as one of six students in the 2018 Cohort of the Politics Honors Program. Her senior honors thesis was titled “A Lesson, Not a Template: The Pitfalls of the Isle de Jean Charles Community Resettlement Project,” which identified and addressed the legal, political, and social issues surrounding climate migration and community resettlement, particularly with regard to coastal indigenous groups. In 2016, she received the Congressional Award Gold Medal for voluntary public service, and was also a UVa Jefferson Scholar and Echols Scholar.
Emma has interned with Virginia Organizing, the Legal Aid Justice Center’s Virginia Justice Project for Farm and Immigrant Workers, Volunteers with International Students, Staff, and Scholars, the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U), the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), the Christian Science Monitor, and the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia. She was also a research assistant at the Jefferson Fellows Center in Charlottesville, VA. While at the University of Virginia, she served as the Vice Chair of Trials for the First Year Judiciary Committee, the co-director of Spanish tutoring for Casa Bolívar, and was a teaching assistant in ESL classrooms for the Center for American English Language and Culture.
In her free time, Emma enjoys doing yoga, teaching group exercise classes, and listening to podcasts. Emma joined Kostelanetz and Fink, LLP in 2020.