Marlaina Wright

Emory Law JD ’21


Hometown: Dallas, TX


Interests: Litigation, Intellectual Property, Labor and Employment,
Media Law, and Criminal Defense


Double Major, Bachelor of Arts in

Political Science & Psychology

Legal Studies Certificate from the University of North Texas


Customer Service Associate

American Specialty Health


Research Assistant for Professor Sarah Shalf researching information to produce gun violence prevention legislation

Judicial Intern for the Honorable Judge Thomas A. Cox of Fulton County Superior Court

Legal Intern for Criminal Defense  attorney, Corinne Mull where I was able to sit second chair for a three week long murder trial

STUDENT INVOLVMENTS (Clubs & Leadership)

Staff Member, Emory’s International Law Review (Vol. 34)

Co-Director, Academic and Professional Success for the Black Law Student Association (BLSA)

Public Relations Chair, Communications & Media Law Society

Barbri Representative

BLSA’s Mock Trial team member

Student member for the Atlanta IP Inn of Court


What has been your educational highlight during your time at Emory Law?

Recipient of the BLSA 1 L Scholarship Award which was given to those that exuded academic excellence and community and professional involvement.


How has the Tiger Program helped you/what do you plan to get out of the Tiger program?

I plan on learning so much from Tl:GER! When first reading about Emory, the Tl:GER program stood out to me because it presented the idea of working as a team with others from different professions providing an intersection of law, business, and technology innovation. I hope to learn more about commercialization, product development, and all details of pursuing these projects from the ground up.


Why did you choose Emory Law School?

I chose Emory for a few reasons: (1) To push myself out of my comfort zone of being so far away from home, and when picking the city of Atlanta, it is somewhat similar to Dallas; (2) During my tour, I was able to meet up with students and get to know more about them and I really felt the camaraderie and support that the school provides; and (3) Because Emory had so many opportunities for pursuing experiential learning classes which I think are very useful and essential to the law school curriculum to help prepare students when going into their careers after graduation.


What are some fun facts about you?

I got to help emcee an Eli Young Band Concert held at the University of North Texas in Apogee stadium. So fun!