Elspeth Cypher, '80
Associate Justice, Massachusetts Appeals Court
Q. What are you currently working on?
Although I have taught in the past as an adjunct professor at Southern New England School of Law, I’m currently working on various different cases coming from all of the trial courts in Massachusetts.
Q. Could you describe an experience at Emerson that shifted the course of your career?
Participating in debate and forensics, as well as Professor Mike Brown’s American government classes and retired professor Walt Littlefield’s persuasion classes.
Q. Is there an example of how a faculty member aided you with your career?
Professor Mike Brown encouraged me to go to law school. He hired me as a clerk when he was practicing law, so he was very instrumental in my career.
Q. What’s the single most important piece of advice you’d like to give to Emerson students?
Participate in relevant extracurricular activities, especially debate and forensics. They’re so instrumental in training you to think and speak, as well as to prepare you academically for graduate school.