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Emina S. Dacic

Legal Intern

Emina works across practice groups at Cairncross & Hempelmann and supports our business, real estate, land use, and litigation teams. She is highly skilled at legal research and drafts corporate organizational documents, agreements, contracts and pleadings.

Emina received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Washington School of Law in 2021. At UW Law, she served as the President of the Student Bar Association, an Executive Articles Editor on the Washington Law Review, and Vice President of National Competitions for the Moot Court Honor Board. She earned the Jack MacDonald Merit Award, the Judge Eugene Wright Scholar Award, and was selected for the Order of the Barristers. She was Cairncross & Hempelmann’s 2019 Diversity Fellowship Summer Associate.

Prior to joining Cairncross & Hempelmann, Emina was a Rule 9 Intern with the Washington Innocence Project working on appeals, motions, and other litigation for clients who were wrongly incarcerated. She also worked at Columbia Legal Services and assisted staff attorneys with investigations of jail policies that impact civil and human rights.

Introduction

Emina works across practice groups at Cairncross & Hempelmann and supports our business, real estate, land use, and litigation teams. She is highly skilled at legal research and drafts corporate organizational documents, agreements, contracts and pleadings.

Emina received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Washington School of Law in 2021. At UW Law, she served as the President of the Student Bar Association, an Executive Articles Editor on the Washington Law Review, and Vice President of National Competitions for the Moot Court Honor Board. She earned the Jack MacDonald Merit Award, the Judge Eugene Wright Scholar Award, and was selected for the Order of the Barristers. She was Cairncross & Hempelmann’s 2019 Diversity Fellowship Summer Associate.

Prior to joining Cairncross & Hempelmann, Emina was a Rule 9 Intern with the Washington Innocence Project working on appeals, motions, and other litigation for clients who were wrongly incarcerated. She also worked at Columbia Legal Services and assisted staff attorneys with investigations of jail policies that impact civil and human rights.

Education

  • University of Washington (B.S., Law, Societies, and Justice, 2017)
    • University of Washington College Honors Program
    • Departmental Honors Thesis on International Law and Reconciliation in Post-Genocide Bosnia
    • TOLO Chapter President, Mortar Board National Honors Society
    • President, Poet to the People
    • Member, LSJ Advisory Council
    • Study abroad in Italy and Amsterdam
    • 2017 LSJ Stromberg Prize for Social Justice & Academic Excellence
    • Husky 100
    • 2013 & 2014 Office of Diversity Scholar
  • University of Washington School of Law (J.D., 2021)
    • Executive Articles Editor, Washington Law Review
    • President, Student Bar Association
    • Vice President of National Competitions, Moot Court Honor Board
    • Captain, New York City Bar National Moot Court Competition (UW Team)
    • Co-President, Washington Innocence Project Student Chapter
    • Rule 9 Intern (Student Attorney), Washington Innocence Project
    • Jack MacDonald Merit Award (2021)
    • Order of the Barristers (2021)
    • Judge Eugene Wright Scholar Award (2020)
    • Falkner Appellate Advocacy, Quarterfinalist (2020)
    • New York Bar National Moot Court (representing UW), Regional Semi-Finalist (2020)
    • HCMP Appellate Advocacy, Champion & First Place Brief (2019)
    • Contract Negotiation, Finalist (2019)
    • Co-Counsel, Tulane NFL Negotiation Competition (2019)
    • Floyd, Pflueger & Ringer Mock Trial, Semi-Finalist (2018)

Admissions

  • Washington (pending)

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Board Member, Mortar Board Tolo Foundation Board of Directors (2017-present)
  • King County Juvenile Detention Center, Former Volunteer
  • King County Sexual Assault Resource Center, Former CourtWatch Volunteer
  • ROOTS Homeless Shelter, Former Volunteer
  • Monroe County Correctional, Former Student Volunteer

Personal

  • Emina speaks both Bosnian, Serbo-Croatian and English fluently.