Graduating Student Spotlight: Rachel Emerson

Rachel Emerson

With commencement just around the corner on Saturday, May 14, CWRU School of Law is featuring a few of our outstanding graduating students. 

What is your favorite law school memory?

Professor (Leon) Gabinet would end each Federal Income Tax class by saying, "Stay off the streets and out of the bars kids."  I am thankful to have known such a legend. (Prof. Gabinet passed away in Dec. 2021.)

What advice do you have for incoming first-year law students?

Keep your eyes on your own lane. Figure out your goals, focus on what it will take to achieve those goals, and don't worry about what everybody else is doing. Your path might look different from your classmates and that is totally okay. You do you.

Favorite course?

I loved Estate Planning with Professor Tom Hausman. In addition to being an incredibly kind human, he made the tax code understandable, and even enjoyable at times. I feel prepared for my future career because of his class. 

What are your post-graduation plans?

I have accepted an associate position in the Estate, Trust, and Probate group at Tucker Ellis LLP.  I am thrilled to join such an incredible group in an area of law that I feel very passionate about. 

Organizations & Achievements:

  • Publishing editor for the CWRU Journal of International Law
  • Co-president of Christian Legal Society
  • Received the 2021 Distinguished Note Award and 2021 CALI award for the Journal of International Law