Emanuel McMiller is currently a first year student in the Class of 2019 at Notre Dame Law School, and a recipient of The Victor Hedberg Presidential Law Fellowship, a full tuition scholarship to attend the prestigious law school.
Emanuel was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, and moved to West Palm Beach, Florida in 2003. Raised by his grandmother who adopted him at the age of six, faith in God has been a major theme throughout his life. His faith and love for music led him to become the keyboard player and Music Director of the First Born Church of the Living God in West Palm Beach, where he has been active since 2004.
Emanuel was home-schooled by his grandmother until the 10th grade when he enrolled in the Center for Pre-Law at Palm Beach Lakes High School. In high school, he was a member of the National Honor Society, President of the Law Honor Society, and a member of the Palm Beach Lakes Mock Trial, Moot Court, and Debate teams, winning the 2009 and 2010 Florida High School Best Attorney Award.
Emanuel was involved with several local community organizations during high school including the West Palm Beach Police Athletic League’s Youth Directors Council, the Palm Beach County Youth Court Program where he served as a Youth Attorney, and Urban Youth Impact where he took part in the organization’s summer work, after-school, and community outreach programs.
In 2008, following the completion of his first legal internship through Urban Youth Impact’s summer work program, Emanuel began his legal career. Emanuel completed more than six additional internships with local law firms and related organizations throughout his high school and college career.
After graduating high school in 2010, Emanuel went on to attend Williams College, earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. While attending Williams College he founded the Williams College Law Society, for which he continues to serve as an alumni advisor. Emanuel also wrote for the Law Journal, competed in the Law Society’s legal advocacy teams, sang in the Gospel Choir, and played rugby. Upon graduating from Williams College in 2014, he returned to West Palm Beach to work for the Law Offices of Craig Goldenfarb.
Emanuel remains active in the community today and maintains a strong relationship with Urban Youth Impact. As a future attorney, Emanuel hopes to advocate for others as described in his guiding Bible verse (Proverbs 31:8-9), and to ensure justice, equality, and empowerment for others. His ultimate goal is to give back to his community, and to ensure that students who are the “underdogs”, have the tools and the self-confidence to be successful and follow their dreams.