Emily Seawell

Clinical Assistant Professor

4090 Van Hecke-Wettach Hall


Em Seawell joined the Carolina Law faculty as a visiting assistant professor in 2021 and teaches in the first-year legal research and writing program. Previously, Seawell practiced constitutional and civil rights impact litigation, most recently as a senior staff attorney at the ACLU of North Carolina Legal Foundation.

Seawell is a North Carolina native. She studied journalism at the University of Florida as a National Merit Scholar and trained for her postgraduate editing internship at the UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media. She worked as a newspaper and multimedia editor in Tampa, Florida, before returning to North Carolina to attend Elon University School of Law, where she was a Leadership Fellow, chaired the student mentor program, and worked during her 2L and 3L years as a research assistant in the first-year legal writing program. Seawell is a 2019 inductee of the North Carolina Pro Bono Honor Society and former chair of the civil rights section of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice.


  • J.D., Elon University School of Law (2015)
  • B.S., Journalism & Mass Communication, University of Florida (2005)