Emily Boness, J.D.
Public Service Associate
Youth Leadership Development
(706) 542-1472

Current Position

Emily Boness directs Athens Peer Court, an award winning diversion program in which high school students serve as the lawyers, judge, and jurors in sentencing hearings for youth who have been charged with first-time offenses. She developed and delivers this youth leadership development training for the high school students in collaboration with University of Georgia School of Law students.

Current Activities and Expertise

In addition to directing Athens Peer Court, Boness helped Forsyth County establish its own peer court. She also facilitates train-the-trainer sessions for the Youth Leadership In Action curriculum and administers youth leadership development programs around the state.

Previous Experience

Boness was part of a team that evaluated JUSTGeorgia’s collaboration to bring change to Georgia’s juvenile justice code. She was also part of the Georgia LEADS project team.

Prior to joining Fanning, Boness worked as an operations supervisor in an industrial supply warehouse in Atlanta, where she managed workflow and personnel. During her law school summers, she was a summer associate at a non-profit immigration legal aid service in Anchorage, Alaska, and law firm in Charlotte, N.C.


  • 2004, B. A., political science with a focus on American politics, Brown University
  • 2010, J. D., cum laude, University of Georgia School of Law


  • GeorgiaForward’s Gamechanger program, 2012-2013 participant
  • L.E.A.D. Athens, 2013-2014 participant


  • Children First, board member
  • Hands on Athens, board member
  • Athens-Clarke County Department of Children and Families Advisory Board, board member

Professional Organizations

  • State Bar of Georgia