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Izukanne Emeagwali

Izukanne Emeagwali

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
New York, NY, USA

Izu Emeagwali, a sixth-year associate at Cleary Gottlieb Steen and Hamilton LLP, is currently on a secondment to MFY Legal Services working in the Housing Program.

Ms. Emeagwali’s practice at Cleary Gottlieb focuses on litigation, including commercial, intellectual property, and antitrust litigation.  Ms. Emeagwali has worked on government enforcement matters, including antitrust and securities investigations involving the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, and U.K. Serious Fraud Office and advised clients on the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).  Also, she has analyzed potential mergers and acquisitions for shareholder lawsuits and general litigation risks and potential violations of the FCPA and antitrust laws.

Ms. Emeagwali is a member of Cleary Gottlieb’s pro bono committee and the secretary of the International Human Rights Committee for the New York City Bar Association.

As an active member in the firm’s pro bono practice, Ms. Emeagwali has led teams of associates in various international human rights and policy pro bono cases focusing on African states.  For example, Ms. Emeagwali has researched and drafted a legal memorandum analyzing gender perspectives and the protection of women in African states and proposed recommendations to implement supportive programs and laws to help women thrive in a particular African state.  Ms. Emeagwali has analyzed and drafted reports of several west-African states’ compliance with international laws, including those concerning war crimes, genocide, and crimes against humanity.  Ms. Emeagwali has also provided recommendations regarding international criminal law and jurisprudence for a nascent international war court.

Further, as part of her pro bono practice, Ms. Emeagwali led a litigation team in a New York City Housing Authority administrative hearing on behalf of a client who asserted succession rights.  She has also worked on vacating the convictions of sex trafficked victims, assisted with settling a section 1983 excessive force case, and revised bylaws and drafted a conflict of interest policy for a non-profit theater production company.

In her current role as a staff attorney at MFY Legal Services, Ms. Emeagwali represents and advises New Yorkers in various housing matters.

From September 2010 through August 2011, Ms. Emeagwali worked as a law firm fellow in the Fair Housing Project at the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights.

Ms. Emeagwali received a J.D. degree, magna cum laude, from Howard University School of Law in 2010 and a B.S.E. in electrical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 2005.


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