The Liman Center funds fellowships for Yale Law School graduates to spend a year working in public interest law in the United States. In recent years, the Center has also hosted a small number of in-residence Fellows from YLS and other law schools. In-residence Fellows do a mix of research, teaching, and clinical work. As of 2022, the Liman Center has supported more than 170 fellowships for law graduates.  

The Liman Center’s Law Fellowships fund a year at a nonprofit, public interest legal organization based in the United States. These fellowships are open to individuals who are or will be graduates of Yale Law School before the fellowship begins. 


These fellows spend one to two years at Yale Law School where they join the Center’s research and teaching projects. Graduates of law schools who have done work thereafter are eligible to apply. Individuals who have held other fellowships, including those sponsored by the Liman Center, are eligible. 

Law Fellowships

Through Liman Law Fellowships, graduates of Yale Law School join host organizations around the country to work on a myriad of issues addressing the many needs for representation, research, and innovation. Fellows have worked, for example, on environmental conservation, economic and housing insecurity, workplace discrimination, tribal governance, immigration detention, criminal law enforcement, and more. Former Liman Fellows today serve as state and federal judges, in the academy as professors and administrators, in public and private organizations, and some have founded nonprofit organizations. 

As of 2022, Fellows receive an annual stipend of approximately $50,000. Host organizations generally cover the cost of health insurance and other benefits and always provide malpractice insurance. In some cases, with substantial financial support from the host organization, Liman Fellows have the opportunity to extend their fellowships for part or all of a second year.

Fellows file a mid-term and a final report with the Liman Center and attend the annual spring Liman Colloquium at YLS. In addition, Liman Fellows work with the Center and with others through organized mentorship connections and subject-area projects, email lists, and an e-newsletter. Fellows become part of a network and are expected to continue to participate after the fellowship year ends. 

Applications for 2023–2024 Liman Law Fellowships will be accepted online via the YLS Public Interest Fellowship Common Application from January 3 to February 3, 2023. Before submitting application materials, applicants are expected to speak with Liman Center Director Jennifer Taylor and consult with former fellows. 


Liman Center Fellowships-in-Residence are open to experienced law school graduates. In-residence Fellows contribute to the Center by helping to shape its research and programs and supervise students. Liman Center academic offerings include Liman Projects: Research for Reform, an experiential course that uses a variety of methods to inform significant changes in the law. In addition, each spring, the Liman Workshop is a two-hour seminar for law students. Topics vary—for example, in 2023, the workshop is Imprisoned: Construction, Abolition, Alternatives. Past workshops have included Rationing Access to Justice in Democracies: Fines, Fees, and Bail and Racial Justice and Immigrants' Rights: Debates and Dialogues. These fellowships generally begin in August before the start of the academic year. Compensation includes full benefits and a salary commensurate with experience. 

In addition, such Fellows often work collaboratively with Yale Law School's clinical program, other parts of the University, and entities such as public defenders and community organizations in Connecticut. The Curtis-Liman Fellowship—established in 2020 to honor Professor Dennis Curtis, a co-founder of Yale Law School’s clinical program — enables a law school graduate to spend one or two years working on innovative criminal law, immigration, or other advocacy. 

Current and former Fellows-in-Residence have worked on prosecutorial misconduct, prison systems’ responses to COVID, the fiscal impact of the legal system, and alternatives to sentencing in conjunction with the Federal Defender’s Office in the District of Connecticut. See below for a summary of the work of current and former Fellows-in-Residence. 

Applications for Fellowships-in-Residence are welcome as of the fall of 2022. Please apply no later than February 3, 2023. Applicants are expected to discuss their projects with Liman Center Director Jennifer Taylor and reach out to former Fellows for advice before submitting an application. The Center has samples from past fellowship proposals. Visit the Apply page on the Liman Center website for details about application requirements and the submission process. 

Brendan Bernicker ’22, the Resnik-Curtis Fellow, joined the Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center in Washington, D.C. During his fellowship, he is building a software program to identify cases from U.S. District Court rulings in which a self-represented person may have grounds for an appeal. In addition to developing the program, Bernicker is part of a team providing assistance for some of those appeals. Bernicker received a B.A. in philosophy of justice, law, and values and an M.A. in political science from the Pennsylvania State University. At Yale Law School, he has been involved with the Criminal Justice Advocacy Clinic, the Challenging Mass Incarceration Clinic, and the Re-entry Clinic. In these clinics, Bernicker has developed innovative software on behalf of incarcerated people at risk of COVID-19.

Helia Bidad ’22 is advancing environmental and racial justice in partnership with the Land Loss Prevention Project in Durham, North Carolina. Through direct services and broader-based advocacy, she aims to lessen the loss of land held by Black people, Indigenous people, and people of color and by farmers and landowners with limited resources. Bidad earned a B.S. in society and environment from the University of California, Berkeley. In her final semester at Yale Law School, she was a research assistant at the Yale Center for Environmental Justice. Following her Liman Fellowship, she will clerk for the Honorable Kimberly J. Mueller of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California.

Samuel Davis ’20 is working with the ACLU of North Carolina Legal Foundation in Raleigh. He is focusing on the scope and consequences of North Carolina statutes used to sanction children for their conduct while at school. His project will contribute to the broader movement to interrupt the school-to-prison pipeline. Davis is a graduate of Duke University, where he majored in international studies and political science. At Yale Law School, he was co-director of the Rebellious Lawyering Conference and a member of the Veterans Legal Services Clinic. Prior to his fellowship, he was a law clerk for Associate Justice Anita Earls of the Supreme Court of North Carolina. 

Erin Drake ’20 is spending her fellowship year at the Women’s National Basketball Players Association, which is based in Washington, D.C., and New York City. Her project focuses on protecting the interests of union members, many of whom are athletes from marginalized communities. Drake earned a B.A. in history and literature from Harvard University. While at Yale Law School, she was a Coker Fellow, worked at the Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization, and served as a peer advocate and as a board member of Yale Law Women. Prior to her fellowship, Drake was a law clerk for Judge Robert L. Wilkins of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Previously, she clerked for Chief Judge Diane P. Wood of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

Hannah Duncan ’21, the Curtis-Liman Fellow, is based at the Office of the Federal Public Defender for the District of Connecticut in New Haven, as well as at Yale Law School. During her fellowship year, she is creating and compiling materials to support judges and advocates as they work to develop less coercive community supervision for convicted individuals. In addition, she is supervising Yale Law students in developing resources on these issues. Duncan holds a B.A. in classics from Brown University. At Yale Law School, she was a student director of the Liman Center and a co-chair of the Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project. Prior to her fellowship, she clerked for Judge Andrew D. Hurwitz of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Following the Curtis-Liman Fellowship, she will clerk for the Honorable John G. Koeltl of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. 

Grace Judge ’22 is spending her fellowship year with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) on the Flathead Reservation in western Montana. As an in-house attorney for CSKT, she is focusing on environmental justice and resource scarcity. Judge earned a B.A. in politics, philosophy, and economics from the University of Michigan. At Yale Law School, she was a Coker Fellow and an Articles and Essays editor for the Yale Law Journal. After her fellowship year, she will clerk for Judge Allyne R. Ross of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York and the Honorable Jennifer Sung of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. This fellowship is funded in part by the Yale Center for Environmental Justice.

Aseem Mehta ’20, the Meselson-Liman Fellow, joined the Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus, in San Francisco, California. He provides holistic representation to individuals held in immigration detention centers and supports organizers who have led efforts inside detention to help others who are detained seek freedom from confinement. Mehta earned a B.A. in ethics, politics, and economics from Yale College. At Yale Law School, he was a member of the Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic. Prior to his fellowship, he was a law clerk for Judge Edward M. Chen of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. Previously, he clerked for Judge Richard A. Paez of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. 

Medha Swaminathan ’22 works with the ACLU of Massachusetts in Boston. Her project aims to lessen the role of police in responding to mental health crises and to increase public health oversight in jails. Swaminathan graduated from Wesleyan University with a B.A. in psychology and French studies. In addition to being a Coker Fellow at Yale Law School, she was a student co-director and member of the Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic. Following her fellowship, Swaminathan will clerk for Judge Amit P. Mehta of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and the Honorable Robert L. Wilkins of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Chelsea Thompson ’22 is a Gruber Fellow and a Liman Affiliated Fellow. She is spending her fellowship year in New York City on the direct services team of A Better Balance, where she will provide representation to low-wage workers who face discrimination because they are caregivers. Her focus includes educating workers about their rights as caregivers and helping develop the law in this arena. Thompson received a B.A. in political science from Scripps College and worked in the tech industry for four years. At Yale Law School, she was a clinic student practitioner with the Reproductive Rights and Justice Project. She also served as the Editor in Chief of the Yale Journal of Law and Feminism. 

Evan Walker-Wells ’22 joined the NAACP General Counsel’s Office in Atlanta, Georgia, and Columbia, South Carolina. Through his project, he works to slow evictions among some of the most disadvantaged Southerners and to protect voting rights. In 2015, Walker-Wells founded Scalawag, a journalism nonprofit focused on Southern movement politics. At Yale Law School, he was a student director and intern at the Housing Clinic, through which he taught tenants about Connecticut eviction law and helped them stay in their homes. He received a joint J.D.-M.B.A. degree from YLS and the Yale School of Management, where he was co-founder of Business Students for Racial Equity.

2022–2023 Fellowship Extensions

Sophie Angelis ’21 is a Liman Fellow at Rights Behind Bars, in Washington, D.C., where she works to improve conditions for incarcerated people and enable some to be released. During her first year as a Fellow, she represented older prisoners bringing claims under disability rights and state compassionate release statutes. In her second year, she is continuing that work, as well as focusing on how to require jails to offer medication assisted treatment to people with opioid use disorder. At Yale Law School, Angelis was a student director of the Green Haven Prison Project and a student member of the Lowenstein Clinic, where she supported litigation and legislation to change conditions in Connecticut prisons. Before coming to law school, she studied prisons in Norway on a Fulbright fellowship and interned at Prisoners’ Legal Services of Massachusetts.

Allison Durkin ’21 is a Liman Fellow with the Legal Aid Society of New York, where she works in the DNA Unit of the Criminal Defense Practice. During her fellowship extension, she is building on her project to improve the transparency of forensic technologies in the criminal legal system. At Yale Law School, she was a Coker Fellow and a member of the Criminal Justice Advocacy Clinic, the Pediatric Care Medical-Legal Partnership, and the Clinical Student Board. She also served on the board of the Thomas Swan Barristers’ Union and the Yale Health Law and Policy Society. Prior to law school, Durkin worked at the Seaver Autism Center for Research and Treatment at Mount Sinai in New York.

Sophie Laing ’21 joined Pine Tree Legal Assistance in Portland, Maine, to help provide remedies for low-income borrowers who are struggling with student loan debt. Laing’s project includes defending borrowers in debt-collection proceedings, enhancing education about student loans, and helping borrowers to emerge from default. During Laing’s fellowship extension, she is assisting borrowers transitioning back into repayment as the pandemic protections end, continuing to litigate debt collection cases, and developing affirmative litigation under Maine’s recently passed Student Loan Bill of Rights and Private Student Loan Bill. At Yale Law School, Laing co-directed the HAVEN Medical-Legal Partnership and the Yale Health Law and Policy Society. Through the Housing Clinic, she represented homeowners facing foreclosure.

Kshithij Shrinath ’21 extended his fellowship at the Bronx Defenders, where he focuses on systemic civil-rights violations affecting individuals in the Bronx. As a Liman Fellow, he has helped reshape the procedures used by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and immigration judges when they decide whether to keep an individual in custody. Shrinath is building on this work in his second year and focusing on limiting the use of allegations of criminal activity as a basis to deny immigrants release from detention. At Yale Law School, he was a member of the Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic and a co-chair of the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association.


Hannah Abelow, Queens Legal Services
Sophie Angelis, Rights Behind Bars
Jonathan Cohen (Resnik-Curtis Fellow), Rhode Island Center for Justice
Allison Durkin, The Legal Aid Society
Eli Feasley, Neighborhood Defender Service of Detroit
Duncan Hosie, ACLU
Sophie Laing, Pine Tree Legal Assistance
James Mooney, ACLU of Illinois
Isadora Ruyter-Harcourt, The Powell Project
Kshithij Shrinath (Meselson-Liman Fellow), The Bronx Defenders


Colin Antaya, Conservation Law Foundation
Josh Blecher-Cohen, ACLU of Illinois
Sam Frizell, Legal Aid Society of New York
Elise Grifka Wander, Office of the Ohio Public Defender
Nathan Leys, New Haven Legal Assistance Association
Kelley Schiffman, San Diego County Public Defender Office
Joseph Schottenfeld, NAACP
Mary Ella Simmons, Orleans Public Defenders
Alexander Wang (Curtis-Liman Clinical Fellow), Yale Law School
Megan Yan, ACLU of the District of Columbia


Tiffany Bailey, ACLU of Southern California
Catherine Chen, Medical-Legal Partnership Hawai’i
Diane de Gramont, National Center for Youth Law
Bassam Gergi, Fair Share Housing Center
John Giammatteo, Lutheran Social Services of New York's Immigration Legal Program
Diana Li Kim, Connecticut Division of Public Defender Services
Allison Morte, Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office
Alyssa Peterson, Center for Popular Democracy
Megha Ram, Roderick & Solange MacArthur Justice Center
Adam Rice, Office of the Attorney General of Colorado


Skylar Albertson, The Bail Project
Benjamin Alter, NAACP
Olevia Boykin, Civil Rights Corps
Natalia Friedlander, Rhode Island Center for Justice
Joanne Lee, Gulfcoast Legal Services
Maya Menlo, Washtenaw County Office of the Public Defender
Elizabeth Pierson, Legal Action of Wisconsin
Yenisey Rodriguez, Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia
Yusuf Saei, Muslim Advocates
Theo Torres, Federal Defender Program for Northern District of Illinois
Henry Weaver, Earthjustice


Celina Aldape, D.C. Law Students in Court, DC
Ryan Cooper, Travis County Mental Health Public Defender, TX
Lynsey Gaudioso, Public Advocates in San Francisco, CA
Carly Levenson, Connecticut’s Division of Public Defender Services, CT
Hava Mirell, Office of Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo, RI
Nathan Nash, Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing Chicago, IL
My Khanh Ngo, Office of the Alameda County Public Defender, CA
Rachel Shur, Orleans Public Defenders, LA


Anna Arkin-Gallagher, Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights, New Orleans, LA
Caitlin Bellis, Public Counsel, Los Angeles, CA
Dwayne Betts, New Haven Office of the Public Defender, CT
Kory DeClark ,San Francisco Public Defender’s Office, CA
Corey Guilmette, Public Defender Association, Seattle, CA
Jamelia Morgan, ACLU’s National Prison Project, Washington, DC
Freya Pitts, Disability Rights Advocates, Berkeley, CA
Devon Porter,  ACLU of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
Abigail Rich, East Bay Sanctuary Covenant, Berkeley, CA
Ryan Sakoda, Committee for Public Counsel Services, Boston, MA
Jonas Wang, Civil Rights Corps, Washington, DC
Mary Yanik,New Orleans Workers' Center for Racial Justice, LA


Anna Arkin-Gallagher, Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights, New Orleans, LA
Caitlin Bellis, Public Counsel, Los Angeles, CA
Dana Montalto, Veterans Legal Clinic, Jamaica Plain, MA
Jamelia Morgan, ACLU’s National Prison Project, Washington, DC
Freya Pitts, Disability Rights Advocates, Berkeley, CA
Ryan Sakoda, Committee for Public Counsel Services, Boston, MA
Ruth Swift, Community Law Office, Birmingham, AL
Matthew Vogel, Capital Defense Unit at Orleans Public Defenders, New Orleans, LA
Adrien A. Weibgen, Urban Justice Center, New York, NY
Molly Weston, A Better Balance, New York, NY
Mary Yanik, New Orleans Workers' Center for Racial Justice, LA


Anna Arkin-Gallagher, Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights, New Orleans, LA
Josh Bendor, ACLU of Arizona, Phoenix, AZ
Emily Gerrick, Texas Fair Defense Project, Austin, TX
Dana Montalto, Veterans Legal Clinic, Jamaica Plain, MA
Matthew Vogel, Orleans Public Defenders, New Orleans, LA
Jessica Vosburgh, National Day Laborer Organizing Network, Birmingham, AL
Adrien A. Weibgen, Urban Justice Center, New York, NY
Molly Weston, A Better Balance, New York, NY


Spencer Amdur, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, San Francisco, CA
Alyssa Briody, Juvenile Regional Services, New Orleans, LA
Burke Butler, Texas Civil Rights Project, Austin, TX
Katie Chamblee, Southern Center for Human Rights, Atlanta, GA
Jeremy Kaplan-Lyman, Bronx Defenders, NY
Caitlin Mitchell, Youth, Rights & Justice, Portland, OR
Ivy Wang, Southeast Louisiana Legal Services, New Orleans, LA
Alyssa Work, Bronx Freedom Fund, NY


Chesa Boudin, San Francisco Public Defender's Office, CA
Forrest Dunbar, Alaska Office of Public Advocacy, AK
Romy Ganschow, Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A, NY
Edward McCarthy, Connecticut Office of the Public Defender, CT
Yaman Salahi, ACLU of Southern California, CA
Rebecca Scholtz, Legal Aid Society of Minneapolis, MN
Sirine Shebaya, ACLU of Maryland, MD
Olivia Sinaiko, Southeast Alaska Conservation Council, MK
Jenny Zhao, ACLU of Northern California, CA


Robert Braun, Southeast Louisiana Legal Services, New Orleans, LA
Isabel Bussarakum, The Defender Association, Seattle, WA
Elizabeth Compa, Southern Center for Human Rights, Atlanta, GA
Daniel E. Mulkoff, New York Civil Liberties Union, New York, NY
Diala Shamas, Creating Law Enforcement Accountability, Flushing, NY
Emily Washington, Louisiana Capital Assistance Center, LA
Seth Wayne, Orleans Public Defenders, New Orleans, LA


Seth Atkinson, Natural Resources Defense Council, Washington, DC
Ady Barkan, Make the Road New York, Brooklyn, NY
Monica Bell, Legal Aid Society, DC
Lindsay Nash, Cardozo Immigration Clinic, New York, NY
Megan Quattlebaum, Neighborhood Legal Services Association, Pittsburgh, PA
Elizabeth Guild Simpson, Southern Coalition for Social Justice Durham, NC
Adrienna Wong, ACLU of Texas, Austin, TX


Alicia Bannon, Brennan Center for Justice, NY
Josh Berman, Natural Resources Defense Council, Chicago, IL
Rebecca Engel, Bronx Defenders, NY
Jean C. Han , Ayuda, Washington, DC
Kathy Hunt Muse, New York Civil Liberties Union, NY
Sonia Kumar, ACLU of Maryland, MD
Margot Mendelson, University of Arizona, Tuscon; Migration Policy Institute, Washington, DC
Kirill Penteshin, UNITE HERE Local 11, Los Angeles, CA
Benjamin Plener, Orleans Public Defenders, New Orlean, LA
Vasudha Talla, Sanctuary for Families, NY


Justin Cox, CASA of Maryland, Silver Spring, MD
Zahra Hayat, National Center for Youth Law, Oakland, CA
Stacie Jonas, Southern Migrant Legal Services, Nashville, TN
Deborah Marcuse, Office of the Mayor, New Haven, CT
Allegra McLeod, Immigration Justice Project, San Diego, CA
Marisol Orihuela, ACLU of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
Michael Tan, ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project, New York, NY
Tianna Terry, Legal Aid Society, DC


Stephanie Biedermann, Disability Rights Advocates, Berkeley, CA
Jamie Dycus, ACLU Racial Justice Program, NY
Leah Fletcher, Natural Resources Defense Council, San Francisco, CA
Dan Freeman, NY Civil Liberties Union, New York, NY
Raquiba Huq, Legal Services of New Jersey, Edison, NJ
Michael Kavey, Lambda Legal Defense & Education Fund, New York, NY
Sia Sanneh, Legal Action Center, New York, NY


Alice Clapman, ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project, New York, NY
Sameera Fazili, Northern Initiatives, Chicago, IL
Paige Herwig, National Women’s Law Center, Washington, DC
Anna Rich, National Senior Citizens’ Law Office, Oakland, CA
Larry Schwartztol, Brennan Center for Justice, New York
Marc Silverman, Advocates for Children, New York, NY
Charisa Smith (’05), JustChildren, Richmond, VA


Jorge Baron, New Haven Legal Assistance Association, New Haven, CT
Kim Pattillo Brownson, ACLU of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
Eliza Leighton, CASA of Maryland, Silver Spring, MD
Holly Thomas, NAACP Legal Defense Fund, NY
Sofia Yakren, Urban Justice Center, NY


Joshua Civin, NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Washington, DC
Cyd Fremmer, EdLaw Project, Boston, MA
Robert Hoo, Legal Services of Northern California, Sacramento, CA
Tom Jawetz, Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, DC
Lisa Powell, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, Seattle, WA


Adam Grumbach, Legal Aid Society OF New York, NY
Kristen Jackson, Public Counsel Law Center, Los Angeles, CA
Grace Meng, Asian Law Caucus, San Francisco, CA
McGregor Smyth, Bronx Defenders, NY


Tania Galloni, Migrant Farmworker Justice Project, FL
Andrea Marsh, Texas Rural Legal Aid, Austin, TX
David Menschel, Innocence Project, Cardozo School of Law, NY
Amy Meselson, Legal Aid Society of New York, NY


Susan Hazeldean, Urban Justice Center, New York, NY
Serena Hoy, Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition, Washington, DC
Joseph Luby, Public Interest Litigation Clinic, Missouri, MO


Marjorie Allard, Alaska Public Defender Agency, Anchorage, AK
Rebecca Bernhardt, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of Texas, San Antonio, TX
Kenneth Sugarman, ACLU of Northern California, San Francisco, CA


Paula Gaber, Western Center on Law & Poverty, Los Angeles, CA
Juliet McKenna, Lawyers for Children America, Washington, DC
Jessica Sager, All Our Kin, New Haven, CT


Lisa Daugaard, Seattle Defender Association, WA
Julia Greenfield, The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, San Francisco, CA
Douglas Stevick, Texas Rural Legal Aid, San Antonio, TX


Alison Hirschel, Arthur Liman Project on Advocacy for the Institutionalized Elderly, Ann Arbor, MI

Laura Fernandez ’02 (2014–) does research that focuses on questions of prosecutorial power, ethics, and accountability. Before joining Yale Law School, she was Senior Counsel at Holland & Knight, LLP, where she worked as a fulltime member of the Community Services Team. She also clerked for the Honorable Jack B. Weinstein of the Eastern District of New York, and was an E. Barrett Prettyman Fellow at Georgetown Law Center, from which she obtained her LL.M. Fernandez is currently a Clinical Lecturer in Law and Research Scholar in Law at Yale Law School.

Grace Li (2021–2023) has worked on a variety of projects since joining the Liman Center in 2021. She has co-taught the Liman Workshop, Imprisoned: From Construction to Abolition, supervised students making a Freedom of Information Act request related to the federal Bureau of Prison’s release to home confinement of individuals at risk of COVID, and contributed to the 2022 solitary confinement report and the development of a new digital dashboard, Seeing Solitary.

Brian Highsmith ’17 (2020–2022) remains an affiliate of the Liman Center. He has been central to the Center’s organization of a series of webinars on Fines, Fees, and Government Funding, which aim to bring together experts in public finance and in monetary sanctions to remedy the unjust use of money as punishment. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Government and Social Policy at Harvard University, and serving as a Fellow in Law, Ethics, and Public Policy at the Princeton University School of Public and International Affairs. Highsmith is also centrally involved in planning the April 2023 Liman Colloquium, Budgeting for Justice.

Jonathan Petkun ’19 (2020–2022) worked with Prof. Judith Resnik to explore how publicly available data can shed light on the structure and practices of the federal courts, and how data collection and dissemination could be improved to advance this understanding. Petkun is especially interested in how the legal and economic organization of large public institutions in the U.S.—particularly the military and state and federal courts—affect the lives of individuals who participate in them. Still an affiliate of the Liman Center, he is now an Associate Professor of Law at Duke Law School.

Zal Shroff (2020–2021) was central to the Liman Center’s efforts to get information to detainees in Connecticut about their eligibility to vote and to get their ballots counted. He was also one of the supervisors for clinical students in the Criminal Justice Advocacy Clinic. That work helped to obtain home confinement for people held at Danbury and to implement the settlement of a class action lawsuit challenging the Bureau of Prisons’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic. He also worked on analyzing data on the use of solitary confinement. He is currently a Senior Staff Attorney at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay area.

Alexandra Harrington ’14 (2018–2020) supervised students working on projects related to criminal justice reform and co-taught the Liman Workshop. Prior to the Liman Center, she worked at the Connecticut Division of Public Defender Services in the Innocence Project/Post-Conviction Unit, where she helped to shape and coordinate the Division’s representation of individuals who were sentenced as juveniles in adult court to lengthy prison terms. Her work grew out of a law school project with the Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic advocating for fair sentencing and second-look review for these individuals. Harrington is an Associate Professor, Director of the Criminal Justice Advocacy Clinic, and Director of the Innocence and Justice Project at the University at Buffalo School of Law.

Kristen Bell (2016–2018) collaborated with faculty, directors of state prison systems, and students to research the number of people held in solitary confinement as a Senior Liman Fellow in Residence. She also structured and supervised student research projects related to criminal law; cotaught a seminar on imprisonment, fines, and fees; and was an active participant in the biweekly Legal Theory Workshop. Prior to her fellowship, as a student at Stanford Law School, she interned at the Southern Center for Human Rights and the Center for Death Penalty Litigation, taught seminars on mass incarceration at a state prison, and participated in the Three Strikes Project and Supreme Court Litigation Clinic. She is now currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Oregon School of Law.

Sarah Baumgartel (2015–2016) helped supervise the early stages of the Criminal Justice Clinic’s parole study when she was the Senior Liman Fellow in Residence. The clinic had undertaken this study as part of the governor’s Second Chance Society initiative, which was aimed at reforming the state’s criminal justice system and reducing the prison population. Prior to her fellowship, she was an Assistant Federal Defender with the Federal Defenders of New York. She was also a Lecturer in Law at Columbia Law School from 2014 to 2015. Baumgartel is currently an attorney with Federal Defenders of New York.

Megan Quattlebaum ’10 (2013–2014), who had also been a Liman Law Fellow, focused on prisons and the criminal justice system as a Senior Liman Fellow in Residence. Quattlebaum co-taught the Liman Workshop and supervised students in the Liman Practicum. Projects included research on the regulation of long-term isolation in prisons and gender disparities in the federal correctional system. As a Liman Fellow in 2010, Quattlebaum worked at the Neighborhood Legal Services Association in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she developed and implemented a program to provide civil legal services for people with criminal records. Quattlebaum is currently the Director of the Council of State Governments Justice Center in New York City.

Sia Sanneh ’07 (2011–2013) continued to work on Doherty’s project examining how state ethics regimes might be applied to address instances of documented prosecutorial misconduct. She supervised students undertaking a survey of the regulation of long-term isolation in the fifty states and the federal prison system. She also worked on a project addressing the parental rights of incarcerated women in Connecticut. Students produced a self-help manual that explained state policies and how the family law system works. Prior to that, as a Liman Fellow in 2007, she studied the collateral consequences of school-based arrests. Sanneh is currently a Senior Attorney at Equal Justice Initiative, in Montgomery, Alabama.

Nina Rabin ’03 (2012–2013) helped teach the workshop Crime and Migration, which analyzed the treatment of noncitizens in the criminal justice system, the extent to which immigrations violations are and should be treated as criminal violations, and the degree to which the form and function of our immigration and criminal justice systems are separate versus intertwined. She also co-taught a workshop exploring the concept of borders and how, in various contexts, law, political orders, and social movements construct, invoke, rely on, and relax borders. Rabin is the Director of the Immigrant Family Legal Clinic at UCLA Law.

Fiona Doherty ’99 (2011) was the first Senior Liman Fellow in Residence. With support from the Vital Projects Fund, she joined the Liman Program in the spring semester of 2011 to expand work related to the criminal justice system. Doherty explored the nature of probation conditions and the proportionality of sanctions for violations. She also examined another set of questions related to how classification, punishment, and grievance mechanisms work within prisons, and how students and faculty might contribute to improving those processes. In conjunction with current and former Fellows, she considered how to address administrative segregation, supermax, and death row. Doherty is currently Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization at Yale Law School.

Hannah Duncan ’21 (2022–2023) began working with the Federal Defender's Office in New Haven in September 2022. In that role, she supports clients serving terms of supervised release and probation so as to understand their experiences and what changes in law and practice would limit the potential return to incarceration. Duncan is developing a database of reentry services for justice-involved individuals in Connecticut and evaluating the constitutionality of conditions of release. In the spring, she will supervise law students in this work and join in teaching the Liman Workshop and in other programs.

Skylar Albertson ’18 (2021–2022), who was also a former Liman Law Fellow, spent a year working with Prof. Fiona Doherty in YLS’s Criminal Defense Clinic, supervising clinic students, representing clients at parole hearings, and expanding criminal defense education in LSO. Albertson was central in researching and writing the 2022 edition of the Correctional Leadership Association and Liman Center report on solitary confinement, as well as in the development of a new website to increase public access to data from that report as well as prior editions.

Alex Wang ’19 (2020–2021), the inaugural Curtis-Liman Fellow, worked closely with Prof. Lucas Guttentag on tracking and documenting changes in immigration policy that took place between 2017–2021 as well as measuring their impact. He also provided vital assistance to a Liman Center project to increase access to voting for people in Connecticut jails and prisons.

Liman Fellows


Sia Sanneh

Seeking Fair and Just Treatment in the Criminal System