Emily Prokesch received her J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where she graduated cum laude and received the Archie A. Gorfinkel Award for her work in Criminal Law. While in law school, Emily represented clients in Manhattan Criminal Court through Cardozo’s Criminal Defense Clinic and represented a client through the Criminal Appeals Clinic who was appealing his homicide conviction. Emily spent her law school summers interning with the Committee for Public Counsel Services in their Boston Felony Trial Unit and at The Legal Aid Society’s Prisoners’ Rights Project. Prior to law school, Emily worked for three years as a Paralegal at the firm Clayman & Rosenberg. She graduated from Barnard College in 2005, receiving her undergraduate degree in American Studies, concentrating on Race and Class in U.S. History.
Emily first joined the Forensic Practice Group at Bronx Defenders in January, 2016 as the False Confessions Specialist. After leaving for a year to work on complex felonies and homicides in Prince George’s County, Maryland, Emily returned to the Bronx Defenders as a Supervising Attorney and joined the homicide practice.