As a former public defender, Emily Voshell knows what it takes to represent someone when the stakes are high. Emily brings her years of criminal defense trial and litigation experience to defending students and professors in disciplinary proceedings, zealously representing clients when they need it the most.

Emily Voshell
In her campus disciplinary practice, Emily represents clients at all stages of the disciplinary process—from the very beginning of an investigation to bringing federal lawsuits against universities. Her experience as a public defender representing individuals accused of sexual misconduct has proved valuable in the campus disciplinary process as well, both in court and during the critical period of investigation before a matter even gets to the courtroom.

As a staff attorney in the Special Litigation Division of the Public Defender Service in Washington, DC, Emily litigated to obtain systemic reform for people accused and convicted of crimes in the nation’s capital. In addition to drafting pleadings, conducting hearings and representing clients seeking post-conviction relief, she also assisted in legislative reform and jury instruction revision.  She served as a member of the Service’s Forensic Practice Group.

At the New Orleans Public Defenders office, Emily acted as a trial attorney while supervising a team of attorneys, investigators, and client support staff. She also taught continuing legal education courses on litigating eyewitness identification cases.

Emily has spoken at conferences and trainings nationwide, from Mississippi to Idaho, on criminal and campus disciplinary defense matters.

Emily is actively barred in the District of Columbia, District Court for the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia, and is inactive in Louisiana.


  • J.D., New York University School of Law
  • B.A., The George Washington University, summa cum laude

Government Service

  • Supervising Attorney, Trial Division, Orleans Public Defenders
  • Staff Attorney, Special Litigation Division, Public Defender Service for the Public Defender Service of the District of Columbia