Emily J. Gould, Esq.
Resilience, collaboration and innovation can all be the harvest of the legal system and conflict resolution done well. My work supports this vision in legal institutions and law firms as well as in the lives of professionals throughout their careers. This can look like consulting to a court, law firm or law school. It can look like teaching law students, lawyers or judges, or like coaching attorneys in leadership development. And for people, organizations, and families looking to get past a conflict, I work as a mediator.
I bring to my clients 18 years’ experience as a government attorney and criminal prosecutor, and as many years as a mediator and coach in private practice. I also continue to develop and deliver continuing legal education programing in leadership development, negotiation, mediation and mediation advocacy. In addition to my private practice, I work through Mobius Executive Leadership, Everyday Leadership and the Executive Education Program at Columbia Law School. I am also a lecturer in lawyer leadership at Columbia Law School.
My life and career have been deeply influenced by my work in Rwanda. I co-direct a small non-profit, African Peace Partners, that supports trauma informed mediation and peacebuilding at the community level in Rwanda. Together with my Rwandan partners, we have established a peace center on the Rwandan side of the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Center offers a remarkably effective, integrated model of trauma recovery, conflict transformation and cooperative economic activity. I also serve as a law reform consultant to the Supreme Court of Rwanda on the topics of mediation and restorative justice as well as the formation of a trauma – informed justice system.
In the United States, my clients have been on the State and Federal level. In the U.S., Europe, Africa and Asia, I have worked in both the public and private sectors.
I graduated from Barnard College, Columbia University in New York and obtained my law degree from Northeastern University Law School in Boston. I authored The Empathy Debate: The Role of Empathy in Law and Mediation, and the New Professionalism for the Vermont Bar Association Journal (Fall 2010).
I live in Montpelier, Vermont and work with clients regionally, nationally, and internationally.
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