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Newspaper Honors Emma Thomas Dean '03

Emma Thomas Dean, a 2003 graduate of Washington and Lee, has been named one of the “20 Under 40″ honorees by The State newspaper in Columbia, S.C. According to the newspaper, the 20 young professionals on the list are “making an impact on the community and also show great promise for tomorrow.”

Emma kept the award in the family–her husband Gavin, a 2000 W&L alumnus, was named to the “20 Under 40” list a year ago.

Currently assistant chief counsel for the S.C. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee, Emma majored in politics and economics at W&L and received her law degree from the University of South Carolina.

Asked by The State about her motivation for helping others, Emma said, “service to others was part of my childhood. When I attended Washington and Lee University, I further developed my sense of honor, fairness and duty because those are key principles of the school. There, I met my husband, Gavin. Gavin inspires me to serve our community because he is constantly aware of the needs of others and tirelessly seeks solutions.”

You can watch a short video with Emma on The State’s website.