My final decision came down to Emory v. Fordham. It was a hard decision, but I ended up choosing Emory.
First, I would say that you will not be at a disadvantage getting a NYC job from Emory. While half of the class stays in Atlanta, more 25-33% of the class ends up in NYC, and about 10-15% end up in DC. The rest are scattered all over the place. I have limited ties to NYC/NJ and had many, many summer job offers there (more there than in Atlanta). I have zero ties to CA where I will be working this summer. Emory isn't a top-14, but I think calling it a regional school is a little short sighted. After reviewing placement facts I decided that Emory wouldn't really hurt me if I wanted to go to NYC.
Second, if I wanted to be in Atlanta or go back to FL where I am from, Emory has more of a connection with the southeast than does Fordham. Doesn't sound like a concern for the OP, however, I would argue that Fordham is more of a regional school than Emory is. I have no idea what F's DC stats are, but I have a feeling that Emory has more ties to DC.
Third, cost of living is much, much cheaper in Atlanta. If this is an issue, think about it hard. Rent alone could be 1/3 of what you would pay in NY.
Finally, and this is person specific, but I just liked Emory better. I visited both schools and I just got a better feeling from Emory than I did from Fordham. Fordham to me felt like a "lawyer factory" and Emory felt more like a "school." Also, I really like Atlanta (although I really like NYC too); it has a very nice artist/counter-culture/underground vibe to it that appeals to me. I think many of my classmates that are from NY enjoy Atlanta and what it has to offer.
I can't speak to the competition at Fordham, but I would say for the most part, people are pretty laid back here and aren't into sabotaging their fellow classmates. Law students are a competitive bunch but I would say in general, everyone is pretty friendly here.