Anika Singh Lemar

Clinical Professor of Law


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.

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Anika Singh Lemar

Education & Curriculum Vitae


J.D., New York University School of Law, 2004

B.A., Yale University, 2001

Courses Taught


  • Community and Economic Development
  • Transnational Development Clinic

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. From 2007 to 2013, she represented for-profit, not-for-profit, and governmental clients engaged in a variety of real estate projects including building affordable housing, remediating and redeveloping brownfields, and revitalizing urban neighborhoods. From 2005 to 2007, she was a Skadden Fellow and Staff Attorney at the Community Development Project of the Urban Justice Center in New York. From 2004 to 2005, she served as a Law Clerk for the Honorable Janet C. Hall of the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut.

Professor Lemar received her B.A., cum laude, in Ethics, Politics, and Economics from Yale University and received 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.

Monday, August 2, 2021


“IZ” Housing Bill On Tap; Will It Work?

Clinical Professor Anika Singh Lemar is quoted about a proposed inclusionary zoning law in New Haven.

Tuesday, June 29, 2021


Scanlon Forces Lamont To Keep Focused on Tax Fairness, Relief for Middle Class

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


Suburb Housing Quest Enters New Phase

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


Clinics Aid in Affordable Housing Redevelopment

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


How CT Spends Latest Federal Relief Will Shape Economic Future

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


Professor Singh Lemar and Three Alumni Selected as James W. Cooper Fellows

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.

Tuesday, December 1, 2020


City, ‘Burb Clash On Open-Housing Quest

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.

Tuesday, September 29, 2020


Urban Housing Lauded; Suburbs Challenged

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


Appointees: Less Parking = More Housing

Clinical Associate Professor Anika Singh-Lemar is quoted in the New Haven Independent about parking minimums for new housing developments.

Monday, July 20, 2020


The Pandemic Has Pushed Aside City Planning Rules. But to Whose Benefit?

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


Yale Law Clinic Students Help Small Businesses Navigate COVID-19 Pandemic

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


Clinic Students Provide Resources for Greater New Haven Businesses and Nonprofits

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


After one alarming tax fairness study, CT is wary of launching a second

Clinical Associate Professor of Law Anika Singh Lemar is quoted in a CT Mirror article about Connecticut taxes.

Thursday, November 21, 2019


Westport event explores link between housing, segregation

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


Ludwig Center Report Advocates for Accessible Banking Features

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


CED Clinic Provides Training for Local Refugee Food Entrepreneurs

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


Yale Law School Clinics Help Launch Legal Food Hub

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


CED Clinic Appeals Decision in Branford Zoning Denial

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


Housing Authority, Developer Cite Bias in P&Z Parkside Decision

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


In NY, a 10-year legal battle seeks to pry open door to fair housing

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. 

Thursday, March 26, 2015


No moratorium? Selectman weigh options

Clinical Associate Professor of Law Anika Singh Lemar is quoted in an article about Darien’s affordable housing issues.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014


Anika Singh Lemar to Join Yale Law School Faculty

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.