Alice Emerson, JD

Director of Career Programming and Public Interest Law

Alice Emerson serves as the Director of Career Programming and Public Interest Law. She is committed to working with students, employers, alumni, and donors to maximize the creation of job and networking opportunities for Lewis & Clark Law students and graduates. Alice believes in developing and strengthening relationships with her students, alumni network, and employers to build trust and serve their individual needs. Alice advises students and plans programming on campus to broaden knowledge about options in the legal field, build relevant skills, and connect students with the legal market.

Prior to law school, Alice worked with children and families experiencing state involvement. Frustrations within that work led her to law school, and she then practiced child welfare law for over a decade before relocating to Oregon. Alice then spent more than 5 years practicing in Portland doing complex civil litigation. After approximately 19 years of legal practice, Alice joined Lewis and Clark and entered legal academia.

Outside of work, Alice can be found taking her dogs for romps in the forest, kayaking the Columbia, getting crafty with ceramics, or just enjoying a beautiful sunset. 


For students, Alice is a primary career counselor for both private and public employment options, with a specialty in Public Interest related opportunities. She coordinates career programming panels, and career exploration and networking opportunities throughout the school year.

For employers, Alice is the point of contact for Public Interest-related opportunities, including government jobs and the nonprofit sector. She is happy to work with employers in any stage of the recruitment process, and can connect interested employers with our students for information sessions and formal recruitment.

For alumni, Alice provides lifetime career advising and loves to connect alumni to students in networking and career exploration opportunities.

For donors, Alice is available to connect you with our giving team to discuss the impact that your donation to the Lezak Legacy Program, the Public Interest Law Project, or the Loan Repayment Assistance Program can have in making public interest possible for our students and alumni.

Additional Information

Alice’s Program Focus:


Student and Alumni Career Advising

  • Private Law Firm, Business, and Public Interest employment

Career Services Programming and Events

  • Coffee Chats
  • Career exploration programming

Career Services Blog

Employer Outreach



JD, The University of Texas School of Law

BA, Hendrix College



Oregon and Washington State and Federal Bars (active)

Texas and Illinois State Bars (inactive)

National Association of Legal Professionals