Emily Boness, J.D.

Public Service Assistant
Youth Leadership Development
Current Position:

Emily Boness directs Athens Peer Court, a diversion program in which high school students serve as the lawyers, judge, and jurors in sentencing hearings for youth who have been charged with first-time offenses. She developed and delivers the training for the high school students in collaboration with University of Georgia School of Law students.

Current Activities and Expertise:

Ms. Boness directs Athens Peer Court. She recently was part of a team that evaluated JUSTGeorgia’s collaboration to bring change to Georgia’s juvenile justice code. She also mediated with county and city officials around Georgia in reaching Local Option Sales Tax agreements.

Previous Experience:

Prior to joining Fanning, Ms. Boness worked as an operations supervisor in an industrial supply warehouse in Atlanta, where she managed workflow and personnel. During her law school summers, she was a summer associate at a non-profit immigration legal aid service in Anchorage, Alaska, and law firm in Charlotte, N.C.

Education: 
2004, B. A., political science with a focus on American politics, Brown University
2010, J. D., cum laude, University of Georgia School of Law
Awards:
GeorgiaForward’s Gamechanger program, 2012-2013 participant
L.E.A.D. Athens, 2013-2014 participant
Boards:
Children First, board member
Hands on Athens, board member
Athens-Clarke County Department of Children and Families Advisory Board, board member
Professional Organizations:
State Bar of Georgia