Emily Benfer

Supervising Attorney/ Teaching Fellow


Emily A. Benfer is a Supervising Attorney / Teaching Fellow at the Federal Legislation and Administrative Clinic for the 2008-2010 academic years.  Prior to joining the Clinic, she represented preschool aged children with special education needs in a class action against the District of Columbia and completed an Arnold & Porter Equal Justice Works Fellowship at the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless.  During her fellowship, Emily drafted and successfully advocated for passage of local legislation to improve access to education for children who are homeless.  Emily received her B.A. from Providence College, cum laude, and J.D. from Indiana University, cum laude.  Before law school, she served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Zimbabwe, Belize and Thailand.  She is a member of the Washington Council of Lawyers Board of Directors and a volunteer for the Homeless Children’s Playtime Project.