Emma is a graduate of Northeastern University School of Law. Upon graduation, she clerked first in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maine and then at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Emma started at The Bronx Defenders as a criminal defense attorney and is now the Managing Director of the Family Defense Practice. In this role, she supervises attorneys, social workers and parent advocates who represent parents accused of child abuse and neglect and are facing possible termination of parental rights. Emma also participates in numerous court-based and independent coalitions to develop pro-family policies and practices in New York City, including a committee devoted to reducing racial disproportionality in foster care. Prior to joining The Bronx Defenders, Emma worked as the Director of Legal Advocacy for National Advocates for Pregnant Women where she was counsel and strategist on criminal and civil child welfare cases at the intersection of the wars on women and drugs. She has also worked as a litigation associate at Lansner and Kubitschek, where she represented parents and children in civil rights actions in state and federal court, and at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, where she worked on complex civil litigation. Emma holds a B.A. in Political Science from Trinity College.
- Mother Jones: Do We Need to Abolish Child Protective Services?
- Frank News: Systems Built on Good Intentions are the Most Dangerous: Part 2
- Frank News: Systems Built on Good Intentions are the Most Dangerous: Pt. 1
- The Imprint: The Sad Omission of Child Welfare from Mainstream Discussion on Race
- Rise Magazine: ‘I Was Scared for Anyone to Know I Was Pregnant’ – How to Protect Against Removal at Birth
- The Marshall Project: Is Child Abuse Really Rising During The Pandemic?
- Talk Poverty: Coronavirus Could Cost Parents Custody of Kids in Foster Care
- New York Daily News: Protecting children in the age of COVID: The Administration for Children’s Services must change its approach
- The Chronicle of Social Change: Parents’ Foster Care Placement Challenges Need Quick Resolutions, New York Appeals Court Rules
- Women’s Media Center: Closed courts create anguish for families separated by child welfare system
- The Appeal: Justice In America Episode 23: Criminalizing Mothers
- The Chronicle of Social Change: More Services Or Better Legal Support For Accused Parents? New York Officials and Advocates Divided on What’s Best
- Emma Ketteringham Presented Testimony at Hearing on Family Involvement in the Child Welfare and Family Court Systems
- The Hill: Removing children from their parents doesn’t just happen at the border
- Written Testimony to the Committee on General Welfare: Impact of Marijuana Policies on Child Welfare
- The New Republic: The Crime of Parenting While Poor
- City Limits: New Push to Provide Legal Advice to Parents Facing Abuse and Neglect Investigations
- New York Times: A Woman’s Rights: Part 5 “The Mothers Society Condemns”
- The Chronicle of Social Change: New York City Council Confronts Child Welfare Agency Over Emergency Parent-Child Separations
- Written Testimony to the Justice System Committee on Family Separation
- The New School Center for NYC Affairs: Child Welfare Surge Continues
- The Daily Record: County’s grant rejection generates criticism
- Letter to Editor on Foster Care and Opioids
- Live in a Poor Neighborhood? Better Be a Perfect Parent.
- BxD’s Emma Ketteringham Selected to be a Wasserstein Public Interest Fellow at Harvard Law School