ProfessionalsEmily B. Goldberg
A recognized pro bono leader, Emily B. Goldberg is Paul, Weiss's Pro Bono Counsel and also practices in the field of constitutional and civil rights law, with a particular focus on impact litigation. As Pro Bono Counsel, Emily manages the Firm's renowned pro bono program. In this role, she maintains relationships with varied public interest legal services organizations, assists attorneys in obtaining new pro bono matters that match their interests and skill development goals, manages large-scale pro bono projects, and develops innovative pro bono projects designed to address the needs of underserved communities and close gaps in access to justice.
Before joining Paul, Weiss, Emily served as Pro Bono Director/Special Counsel for McCarter & English for six years. She developed a sophisticated approach to addressing unmet legal needs in New Jersey, launching that state's first pro bono project for Human Trafficking survivors, and working to create a statewide disaster response for Superstorm Sandy victims. Emily also continued her existing amicus practice in complex appellate cases, represented Garden State Equality in the fight for marriage equality in New Jersey and successfully challenged a municipal ordinance, on First Amendment grounds, that prohibited panhandling on public streets. Emily also became a recognized pro bono leader beyond New Jersey, elevating the firm's pro bono activities in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Delaware.
Prior to serving as Pro Bono Director at McCarter & English, she was a Visiting Clinical Professor at Seton Hall University School of Law's Center for Social Justice, where she taught a civil litigation seminar and supervised law students handling live cases in the areas of civil rights and constitutional law. While at Seton Hall, Emily served as lead counsel in impact litigations alleging systemic constitutional violations that included the areas of prisoners' rights, police misconduct and educational equity. Prior to teaching at Seton Hall, Emily served as a Gibbons Fellow at Gibbons, P.C., where she practiced exclusively on pro bono cases in the areas of civil rights, immigrants' rights, prisoners' rights and the death penalty. Emily began her legal career as an Equal Justice Works Fellow (then called the National Association for Public Interest Law), first with the National Women's Law Center and then with the Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights & Urban Affairs. Her fellowship focused on gender equality in the educational and employment contexts.
Emily has been recognized in the "40 Under 40" list by the New Jersey Law Journal and as one of the "Best 50 Women in Business" by NJ Biz. She received the ACLU of New Jersey's inaugural "Legal Leadership" award in recognition of her work in the area of prisoners' rights. Emily's work in furtherance of marriage equality in New Jersey was recognized by Garden State Equality with the organization's "Pillar of Progress Prize." Emily has also received a New Jersey State Bar Association award recognizing her contribution to an amicus curiae briefing before the New Jersey Supreme Court.
Emily serves on the Board of Trustees of Volunteer Lawyers for Justice, the premiere public interest legal organization in Northern New Jersey. In 2011-12, Emily served as Co-Chair of the New Jersey Bar Association Pro Bono Task Force. While practicing in New Jersey, Emily also served as a long-time member of the Pro Bono Committee of the New Jersey Bar Association, and the Working Group on Immigrant Representation in New Jersey, led by the Honorable Michael A. Chagares (3rd Circuit).