Emilia Beskind was born and raised in Durham, North Carolina. She attended American University where she majored in Political Science and spent the summer working to stop the execution of prisoners on South Carolina’s death row. After college she joined Teach for America and spent two years in New Orleans teaching second grade. Emilia finished teaching at enrolled in Duke Law School. After graduating from Duke Law School she received a Prettyman Stiller Fellowship in criminal advocacy from Georgetown University Law Center. At the end of the two year Fellowship Emilia returned to New Orleans and spent five years at the Orleans Public Defenders first as trial attorney and eventually as a Supervising Attorney. In 2014, she moved back to North Carolina where she works as an Assistant Capital Defender representing men and women facing the Death Penalty at trial. Also, she has a dog.