Anika Singh Lemar
Clinical Professor of Law
(on leave, spring 2023)
Anika Singh Lemar is a Clinical Professor at Yale Law School. She teaches the Community and Economic Development clinic (CED), which provides transactional legal services to organizations seeking to advance economic opportunity. CED’s clients include affordable housing developers, community development financial institutions, farms and farmer’s markets, fair housing advocates, and neighborhood associations.FULL BIOGRAPHY
Anika Singh Lemar is a Clinical Professor at Yale Law School where she teaches the Community and Economic Development clinic (CED). CED’s clients include affordable housing developers, small businesses, community development financial institutions, farms and farmer’s markets, fair housing advocates, cooperatives, and neighborhood associations. Professor Lemar writes about land use, zoning, and affordable housing. She is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the American Bar Association’s Journal of Affordable Housing & Community Development Law and a Non-Resident Fellow at the Brookings Institute’s Metropolitan Policy Project. She has served on a variety of boards and commissions including, currently, the board of the Connecticut Bar Foundation, the Commission on Connecticut’s Development and Future, the City of New Haven’s Affordable Housing Commission, and the board of New Haven Bank.
Prior to joining the Yale Law School faculty, Professor Lemar practiced real estate law at a Connecticut law firm. She began her career as a Law Clerk for the Honorable Janet C. Hall of the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut and, later, as a Skadden Fellow and Staff Attorney at the Community Development Project of the Urban Justice Center (since renamed TakeRootJustice) in New York.
Professor Lemar received her B.A., cum laude, in Ethics, Politics, and Economics from Yale University and her J.D., cum laude, from New York University School of Law, where she was a Root-Tilden-Kern Scholar, a Dean’s Scholar, and a Robert McKay Scholar. While in law school, she received the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans and helped to found Next City, a highly-regarded urban affairs publication.
From left to right: Rubin Danberg Biggs ’23, Demi Moore ’24, Nathan Cummings ’23, Mira Netsky ’23, Ian Miller ’24, Nathan Baker Clinical Professor of Law J.L. Pottenger Jr. ’75, Open Communities Alliance Executive Director Erin Boggs, Garden Homes Fund trustee Richard Freedman, Clinical Professor of Law Anika Singh Lemar, attorney Thomas Silverstein of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and Open Communities Alliance board co-chair Constance L. Royster.
Tuesday, September 20, 2022
A new lawsuit brought by Yale Law School clinics challenges the zoning policies of Woodbridge, Connecticut.
Saturday, October 30, 2021
Clinical Professor of Law Anika Singh Lemar addresses efforts to change zoning rules in Old Lyme.
As part of their outreach to the New Haven community, students in the Community and Economic Development Clinic distributed flyers throughout the city and staffed a hotline to answer questions from business owners.
Wednesday, October 27, 2021
The Housing Clinic and the Community and Economic Development Clinic have worked throughout the pandemic to ameliorate the risks to tenants and small business owners.
Tuesday, June 29, 2021
Clinical Professor of Law Anika Singh Lemar comments on the use of a tax fairness study as part of the latest Connecticut state budget.
Tuesday, June 8, 2021
Zoning Commissioners in Woodbridge Approve Modified Housing Rules, Largely Rejecting Bid to Far-Reaching Reforms
Clinical Professor of Law Anika Singh Lemar is quoted about a proposal for zoning regulations for the town of Woodbridge, Connecticut, that were developed in part by the Yale Law School Housing Clinic.
Wednesday, April 7, 2021
Karen Anderson ’21 is quoted and the Community and Economic Development Clinic is mentioned in a New Haven Independent report on efforts to challenge zoning restrictions in Woodbridge, Connecticut.
Monday, March 29, 2021
Yale Law School’s Ludwig Center for Community & Economic Development (CED) and Housing Clinic represented the Branford (Conn.) Housing Authority to help provide new and rejuvenated affordable housing in the town.
Tuesday, March 23, 2021
Clinical Professor of Law at Yale Law School Anika Singh Lemar is quoted in a Connecticut Post article about how Connecticut’s use of federal coronavirus relief could shape the state’s economic future.
Tuesday, March 9, 2021
Clinical Professor of Law at Yale Law School Anika Singh Lemar and three Law School alumni have been selected as James W. Cooper Fellows for the Connecticut Bar Foundation.
Clinical Professor Anika Singh Lemar's two Law School clinics have focused on advocating for affordable housing in Connecticut and supporting small local businesses and nonprofits in New Haven during the pandemic.
Wednesday, March 3, 2021
Clinical Professor of Law Anika Singh Lemar speaks about her clinic work, affordable housing, and New Haven.
Tuesday, December 1, 2020
Karen Anderson ’21, Xuanling Xu ’22, and Patrick Holland ’22 are quoted in a New Haven Independent report about a special meeting about multifamily housing restrictions in Woodbridge.
From left to right: Clinical Associate Professor Anika Singh Lemar, Hannah Abelow ’21, Sean Yang M. Arch. ’21, Karen Anderson ’21, Patrick Holland ’22, Xuanling Xu ’22, Clinical Professor of Law Jay Pottenger ’75, and Clinical Lecturer in Law Emilee Song Gaebler.
Tuesday, September 29, 2020
Open Communities Alliance has submitted an application to the Woodbridge Planning and Zoning Commission calling for changes to the town’s discriminatory zoning policies.
Tuesday, September 29, 2020
Clinical Associate Professor Anika Singh Lemar and Karen Anderson ’21 are quoted in a New Haven Independent article about efforts by the Community & Economic Development Clinic to challenge zoning restrictions in Woodbridge, Connecticut.
Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Clinical Associate Professor Anika Singh-Lemar is quoted in the New Haven Independent about parking minimums for new housing developments.
Monday, July 20, 2020
Clinical Associate Professor of Law Anika Singh Lemar is quoted in a New York Times article about how the coronavirus has shaped urban planning.
Wednesday, April 29, 2020
Nathan Baker Clinical Professor of Law Jay Pottenger ’75 and Clinical Associate Professor of Law Anika Singh Lemar are mentioned in a Connecticut Law Tribune article about students with the Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization who are helping New Haven businesses navigate the COVID-19 crisis. Hannah Abelow ’21, Natasha Kahn ’21, and Jeff Schroeder ’21 are quoted.
Monday, April 20, 2020
Several dozen Law School students are working together to offer support to organizations in the greater New Haven community as they confront the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Wednesday, March 4, 2020
Clinical Associate Professor of Law Anika Singh Lemar is quoted in a CT Mirror article about Connecticut taxes.
Thursday, November 21, 2019
Clinical Associate Professor of Law Anika Singh Lemar is quoted about a recent event where speakers discussed the historical connection between segregation and affordable housing in Fairfield County.
Monday, November 18, 2019
On November 6, 2019, the Ludwig Center for Community and Economic Development at Yale Law School, together with the Program for Recovery and Community Health at the Yale Department of Psychiatry and the Connecticut Mental Health Center Foundation, Inc., presented a report, “Banking for All: Why Financial Institutions Need to Offer Supportive Banking Features.
Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Yale graduate students and fellows in the Ludwig Center for Community & Economic Development held training sessions for participants in Sanctuary Kitchen’s Kitchen Incubator Program.
Monday, March 19, 2018
Building on a growing interest in food law, two Yale Law School clinics recently helped launch the Connecticut Legal Food Hub, a free legal services clearinghouse that matches income-eligible farmers, food entrepreneurs, and related nonprofits to pro bono legal help.
Thursday, February 22, 2018
The Branford Housing Authority and Beacon Communities filed an appeal that the Branford Planning and Zoning Commission did not adhere to the state affordable housing law in denying zoning approvals for Parkside Village.
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Clinical Associate Professor Anika Singh Lemar and the Community and Economic Development Clinic are mentioned in an article about a legal challenge to a housing project denied by the town's planning and zoning commission. The clinic represents the town's housing authority.
Monday, December 21, 2015
Clinical Associate Professor Anika Singh Lemar is quoted in an article about a legal battle for affordable housing in an upscale Long Island community.
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
The Eugene and Carol Ludwig Center for Community & Economic Development Provides Aid in New Haven and Beyond
The Ludwig Center continued its advocacy and legal advising for community banks, community organizations, food advocates, and other entities in 2014–2015.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Anika Singh Lemar is currently a Visiting Clinical Associate Professor of Law at Yale Law School. Previously, while in private practice in New Haven, she represented clients in land use matters, affordable housing development, and urban revitalization efforts.