Emerson practices in the areas of environmental, energy, real property, and Indian law. He holds a B.A. from Yale University and a J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School, where he received Certificates of Merit in Evidence and Federal Indian Law, and was elected to the Order of the Coif.
During law school, Emerson spent two summers as a law clerk at the firm. He also worked for a semester at the Natural Resources Defense Council in Chicago, where he focused on energy, air emissions, and hazardous waste contamination issues. As a student in the University of Michigan Environmental Law Clinic, he worked on Great Lakes water resources issues for the National Wildlife Federation in Ann Arbor. Emerson has received awards from the State Bar of Michigan Real Property Law Section, the East Michigan Air & Waste Management Association, and the Federal Bar Association for the Western District of Michigan.
Emerson is a member of the State Bar of Michigan's Environmental Law Section and its Air Committee. He currently serves as the Environmental Law Section's liaison to the State Bar Administrative and Regulatory Law Section, of which he is also a member.
Prior to law school, Emerson worked as a staff editor at The Atlantic magazine in Boston. He now lives with his wife and daughter in Empire, where he has served as a member of the Village Council.
Panelist, "The Role of Courts in Challenging Agency Decisionmaking," Michigan’s Environment in 2012 and Beyond: Developments and Emerging Issues in the Management and Regulation of Air, Water, Energy, and Waste (Annual Joint Conference of the State Bar of Michigan Environmental Law Section and the Michigan Air and Waste Management Association). Pre PresePr