Emily Simpson has some exciting career news to share. The lawyer and The Real Housewives of Orange County cast member is now working with California Innocence Project, an organization that works to "free the wrongfully convicted, work to reform the criminal justice system, and train students to become zealous advocates," according to their Instagram.
When The Daily Dish recently spoke to Emily, she opened up about this new chapter in her life as a lawyer. "I’ve always been interested in the Innocence Project. I’ve actually watched lots of series and documentaries about wrongfully convicted people who have spent large amounts of time in jail and then have their convictions overturned by certain organizations, like the Innocence Project," she said.
Emily knew now was the time for her to take on this new endeavor. "There’s different Innocence Projects in each state and city. It’s just been something that I really, really, really was interested in. And I always wanted to volunteer with them. But I always worked full time as an attorney and then now I just feel like I’m in a position where I’m not working as an attorney full time so I wanted to use the time, my down time to volunteer with them. So I reached out to them maybe like six months ago or something," she explained. "So now I’m actually on their board. So, I do case review as far as cases that get submitted. And I’m on their board, so I’m gonna plan a fundraiser at some point, hopefully."
The organization also posted a message on Instagram about Emily joining their team.
"We are so happy to welcome new CIP Board Member, Emily Simpson! Emily graduated from Miami University of Ohio and became a high school Spanish teacher for four years. She then received her Juris Doctorate from Thomas Jefferson School of Law and is a member of the California Bar, as well as the Utah Bar where she has practiced Family and Copyright law. Emily is also a current cast member of The Real Housewives of Orange County. She has a strong passion for criminal justice reform and is excited to be a part of the CIP team!" they wrote. "We are so excited to have [Emily] join the CIP Board and we look forward to all her help in our fight for justice!"
Emily further addressed joining CIP on Instagram, writing, "I’ll also be doing Case Reviews for new applicants to CIP who may have been wrongfully convicted. It’s an honor to use my education to assist such a worthy and necessary cause."
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