Ask ten different lawyers if it’s possible for any particular young
kid could be destined to become a lawyer, and you’ll probably hear
ten different answers. But for Emanuel McMiller, the obvious answer is
“yes”. Born in 1991 in Indianapolis, Indiana, Emanuel moved
to West Palm Beach when he was twelve. Raised by his grandmother and homeschooled
until sophomore year of high school, Emanuel describes himself as a shy
kid who immersed himself in all kinds of books, spending much of his free
time at the library.
It was the assistant principal at Palm Beach Lakes High School that encouraged
Emanuel to join the pre-law magnet. He did, and soon won several mock
trial competition awards, taking home the Overall Best Lawyer Award his
senior year. “The pre-law program just confirmed for me what I had
always known – that I’ve wanted to be a lawyer from a very
The first in his family to graduate from college, Emanuel earned his fouryear
political science degree from Williams College in Massachusetts on a scholarship.
He joined the Law Offices of Craig Goldenfarb, P.A. as an Intake Specialist
two years ago as his first job out of college.
Emanuel was promoted to Closing Assistant earlier this year, which afforded
him the unique opportunity to see how personal injury cases are handled,
from start to finish. “It’s really great to work for our clients
towards the end of the process, when they are feeling the relief of their
case coming to a satisfactory conclusion”, Emanuel says of working
in the closing department.
After a grueling year applying to law schools, in May of this year, Emanuel
announced that he will be attending Notre Dame Law School. Bitter sweetly,
his last day with the firm was July 15th, 2016. Emanuel says that among
his several internships and jobs with local law firms, Craig Goldenfarb
has been particularly influential. “Mr. Goldenfarb is a great lawyer,
but what makes him special is that he takes time to give back to the community
in so many different ways”, Emanuel said.
“I’ve always known that I want to be the kind of lawyer that
makes a difference in my community. My concern is for less fortunate youth
who don’t have the guidance or mentorship needed to fully realize
their potential”, Emanuel says of his future plans. “That
Craig Goldenfarb was so moved by Emanuel’s incredible achievements
despite tremendous odds, that he has created and endowed the
Emanuel McMiller Scholarship for Higher Education. The fund will be administered by Urban Youth Impact, a local non-profit
Emanuel has benefited from, to financially assist youth in their college
admissions and matriculation needs.
Emanuel will stay active and involved in the scholarship that bears his
name as a mentor and advisor. And hopefully, he will keep in touch with
us during law school and beyond. For now, though, the pivotal time has
arrived for this young man to begin his training to become the gifted
lawyer he is no doubt destined to be.