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Emily Cooley L’24

Emily Cooley L’24

Emily Cooley is from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and received her B.A. in Music from Yale University in 2012. She initially came to Philadelphia in 2014 to pursue a graduate degree in music composition at the Curtis Institute of Music. While at Curtis, she became involved in community arts activism and helped develop music programming at the State Correctional Institution at Phoenix and at Project HOME. She then worked as an Adjunct Professor for the Villanova Program at SCI-Phoenix, where she designed and taught a music theory course to people pursuing undergraduate degrees from prison. She also taught at the Meridee Winters School of Music and at Project 440, a nonprofit that helps young people in Philadelphia schools use their interest in music to ignite change in their communities. At Penn Law, Emily is a student advocate with the Custody and Support Assistance Clinic and a member of the Student Public Interest Network. She wants to use her legal education to explore family law, child advocacy, and work with people impacted by the criminal legal system.