Emily Casey
Emily Casey ()

New London attorney Emily Casey always loved archeology, but eventually realized that wasn’t going to pay the bills. She was waitressing and bartending as well as going on archeological digs.

So the new hire at Tobin, Carberry, O’Malley, Riley & Selinger, got her master’s degree in archeology and worked as a crew chief for an archeology firm.

While working in that field, Casey started to delve more into legal issues surrounding archeology. “While in grad school, I became much more interested in the law aspect,” Casey said. “As much as I loved archeology, I didn’t see a long term future in it.”

With a more marketable career in mind, she went to law school, earning her law degree from the DePaul University College of Law in 2012, with a certificate in arts and museum law. While there, Casey was a senior law student in the DePaul Technology and Intellectual Property Clinic. She also clerked at the Chicago History Museum in 2011, focusing on intellectual property, trademark licensing issues, employment and health care law.

A Waterford native, she started working for Tobin, Carberry, O’Malley, Riley & Selinger last year on a contract basis. At the beginning of February, she officially joined the firm.

Casey focuses on workers’ compensation law, as well as employment, cultural property and intellectual property law.

Casey graduated cum laude from Drew University in 2004 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in anthropology and classical studies. She received a Master’s Degree in archaeological studies at Yale University in 2008.

Long before becoming a lawyer, she worked for a contract archeology firm in Storrs, which was hired by companies to test sites for archeological remains before breaking ground on a building.

“I always wanted to be an archeologist, so I went with that for a while,” Casey said.

One example of the work she did for them involved digging in the area of Norwich State Hospital, where a company had intentions of developing. “There was a plan to develop the area,” Casey said. “We were hired in case they were going to build on it.”

They dug to see what they could find and record of Colonial and Native American remains.

“We did test pits and documented what was there,” Casey said. “At Norwich State Hospital, we found plenty of different pottery and glassware…,” she said. They also found Native American items, including post holes, which indicated that tents were there, fire pits and arrowheads, she said.

Another job she had before joining the firm was as a consultant for Immigration and Customs Enforcement in connection with a criminal investigation conducted by suspected major stolen antiquities dealer, Subhash Kapoor.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Kapoor, a 64-year-old American citizen, is awaiting trial in India, where he is accused of being part of an antiquities smuggling ring.

Federal agents have seized an estimated $100 million in art over the last two years from Kapoor, who they called one of the most prolific antiquities smugglers in the world, according to the Los Angeles Times.

In raids in his Manhattan gallery and storage facility, ICE investigators seized dozens of artifacts – including a 2nd century BC pillar sculpture valued at nearly $18 million and a 5-foot tall head of Buddha weighing about 1,600 pounds, according to the Los Angeles Times.•