Meade Emory earned legal degrees from George Washington University and Boston University. He served as a professor at University of Iowa College of Law from 1965 to 1970. After leaving Iowa, he taught at a number of other law schools, including Southern Methodist University, U.C.L.A., New York University, Tulane, and Duke.
Professor Emory returned to Iowa as a visiting professor in 1994. He then joined the faculty of University of Washington School of Law in 1995, from which he took emeritus status in 2004. His career focused on taxation, including serving as Assistant to the IRS Commissioner from 1975 to 1977. He died in 2010.