Emma Kent joined Martin Tate as an Associate in 2022. She was a Summer Associate with the firm in 2021. Emma also served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Bernice B. Donald at the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and worked as a student attorney in the University of Memphis’s Medical Legal Partnership Clinic.

Emma graduated magna cum laude from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law in 2022. She served as Senior Notes Editor of Volume 52 of the University of Memphis Law Review and a research assistant to Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Jodi Wilson. Emma was the recipient of the Andrew McClurg Best Note Award, Runner-Up; Law Review Bluebooker of the Year Award; Dean’s Award for Excellence, Best Memorandum; and CALI Award (highest grade) in Legal Methods I, Torts I, Civil Procedure II, Health Law, Family Law, Sales, Criminal Procedure, Remedies, and Information Privacy Law.

Prior to law school, Emma worked as a journalist at the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal in Tupelo, Mississippi. Emma earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Mississippi State University, where she also served as Editor-in-Chief of the university’s student newspaper, The Reflector.


  • University of Memphis, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, J.D., 2022, magna cum laude
  • Mississippi State University, B.A., English, 2015, cum laude

Bar Admissions

Tennessee, 2022

Professional Recognition

Classes Taught

Court Admissions

  • Tennessee State Courts
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee 

Certifications and Memberships


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