Emily Colette Coale

JD, 2021

Favorite Memory from GW Law

My time at GW Law taught me to redefine success, and to forge and follow my own path. My favorite memories are the times I found inner courage and did something that was against the grain, but true to myself.


Favorite Quote

“The influence of a vital person vitalizes, there’s no doubt about it. The world without spirit is wasteland. People have the notion of saving the world by shifting things around, changing the rules, and who’s on top, and so forth. No, no! Any world is a valid world if it’s alive. The thing to do is to bring life to it, and the only way to do that is to find in your own case where the life is and become alive yourself.”

Joseph Campbell

With Gratitude

To my Aunt Karen, whose monumental generosity made sure I went to the best school I could.

To my father Marshall, who taught me to follow my bliss at a time when I felt my differences would always be weaknesses.

To my mom, whose steadfast confidence in me pulled me through the toughest times. Thank you for being with me every step of this life.

To David, my dad, whose good humor and love provided an unwavering light in every moment of darkness.

And finally,

To my darling husband Matthew - you have brought a happiness and fulfillment to my existence that I never thought possible. My gratitude to you knows no bounds. Your name should undoubtedly be on this degree right next to mine.