Emani Pollard
Emani Pollard
Paralegal , Ithaca, NY
Formerly: Dining Hall Worker
  • B.S., Industrial and Labor Relations, Cornell University

People are very special to me and I feel called to serve and help bring out the best in others. The intersection of law and hospitality is the perfect niche industry for me.

I’ve always loved history and politics, so when I applied to Cornell, I hoped to be a Government major, but I found myself in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations. The practical, people-focused education I received has proved invaluable in my work and personal life. The fall semester of my junior year, I interned for the Equal Employment and Opportunity Commission in San Francisco. I loved it. The intricacies of legal issues presented themselves as puzzle pieces that somehow needed to fit together with client stories and experiences. I was captivated and there was no turning back.

I hope to attend law school in the near future, but upon graduation from Cornell, I did not think I would find myself so soon in labor and employment law again, much less still in Ithaca. As a native Californian, winter was a great motivating factor to move away, but I am truly grateful for the opportunity to work with such an amazing and compassionate group of people. There is no other group of people with whom I would rather endure an Ithaca winter!

When I’m not at work, you can find me spending time with friends, or at the Ithaca Farmer’s Market dreaming up new recipes and dishes to try out.