Legal Publications


Shields and Kirpans: How RFRA Promotes ‘Irrational Basis’ Review as For-Profit Companies Challenge the Affordable Care Act’s Contraception Mandate, 39 U. DAYTON L. REV. 173 (2013).


Putting all of North Carolina’s Eggs in One Basket: The Case for Comprehensive Surrogacy Regulation, 37 N.C. CENT. L. REV. (2014).

Emily J. Urch is a native of Dare County, North Carolina. She graduated summa cum laude from Elizabeth City State University with a BA in Sociology.  She worked in the social services field prior to attending North Carolina Central School of Law, from which she graduated magna cum laude. During law school she served as Executive Articles Editor of the North Carolina Central Law Review and was a semifinalist in the Kilpatrick-Stockton Mock Trial Competition.  Her legal experience includes judicial internships with the Honorable William Webb of the Eastern Federal District of North Carolina and the Honorable Jerry R. Tillett, Chief Resident Superior Court Judge for North Carolina’s First Judicial District. While in law school, she represented the state of North Carolina in criminal trials as a prosecutor. Emily also worked as an  associate at Legal Aid of North Carolina where she focused on Chapter 13 bankruptcy, social welfare hearings, and domestic violence protective orders.  Her practice areas include, but are not limited to,  wills and probate, traffic, and family law. She also represents parents in Abuse, Neglect, and Dependency proceedings for Indigent Defense Services. Emily resides on the Outer Banks with her three beautiful daughters.

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Emily J. Urch