The Arthur Liman Center for Public Interest Law annually funds fellowships for law school graduates to spend a year working in the United States on public interest legal issues such as welfare rights, homelessness, racial profiling, indigent criminal defense, alternative sentencing courts, immigration, workers rights, and juvenile justice. Liman Fellows start their public interest law projects in the summer or fall after the fellowship is awarded. Fellows provide the Center with periodic progress reports, including a final report at the end of the fellowship year.

The Center provides each Fellow with an annual stipend of approximately $47,500. With rare exceptions, host organizations cover the cost of health insurance and other benefits for the Fellow during the fellowship year. Host organizations must provide and arrange for malpractice insurance.

Interested organizations are encouraged to email Anna VanCleave regarding the possibility of sponsoring an applicant for a Liman Fellowship.

Celina Aldape has joined D.C. Law Students in Court, where she represents low-income tenants, often with limited English proficiency, who are at risk of losing their rent-controlled housing. Celina is a member of the Yale Law School Class of 2017. While at Yale, Celina participated in the Criminal Justice Clinic, the Landlord/Tenant Legal Services Clinic, and the Liman Project. She graduated from Columbia University in 2014.

Ryan Cooper is spending his fellowship year working at the Travis County Mental Health Public Defender, where he represents indigent defendants whose competency to stand trial has been questioned because of their cognitive challenges. He aims to promote alternatives to detention and incarceration for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Ryan graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2010 and from Yale Law School in 2015, where he was the Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Yale Law & Policy Review, a student director of the Green Haven Prison Project, a member of the Criminal Justice Clinic, and a participant in the Liman Project. He clerked for the Honorable Robert L. Pitman of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas.

Lynsey Gaudioso has joined Public Advocates in San Francisco, where she works with communities to promote affordable housing through equitable transit policies and efforts to limit displacement. A member of the Yale Law School and the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies classes of 2017, Lynsey was active in the Environmental Protection Clinic, the Community and Economic Development Clinic, and the Native Peacemaking Clinic; she also served as the Diversity and Membership Officer for the Yale Law Journal. Prior to law school, Lynsey was a Luce Scholar at the Centre of Live and Learn for Environment and Community in Viet Nam. She graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2010.

Carly Levenson has joined Connecticut’s Division of Public Defender Services in the New Haven office and focuses on problems surrounding the quality of forensic evidence as part of the office’s newly-formed DNA Unit. Carly represents indigent criminal defendants whose cases involve the analysis of DNA; she is  also creating an online database of DNA-related resources for public defenders. Carly graduated from Amherst College in 2009 and from Yale Law School in 2016. While at Yale, Carly worked in the Criminal Justice Clinic, Capital Assistance Project, and Legal Assistance Clinic. She is currently clerking for the Honorable Jeffrey Alker Meyer of the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut.

Hava Mirell is spending her fellowship year as a policy advisor in the Office of Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo, where she is developing and implementing new policies on restrictive housing, reentry, and probation. Hava works with A.T. Wall, the Director of the Rhode Island Department of Corrections. A member of Yale Law School’s class of 2016, Hava participated in the Liman Project and served as an Articles Editor for the Yale Law Journal. She graduated from Stanford University in 2012 and clerked for the Honorable Denise Cote of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Nathan Nash is spending his fellowship year at the Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing (LCBH) in Chicago. He works to expand the Healthy Housing Chicago Medical-Legal Partnership (MLP) so as to protect low-income tenants’ rights to safe housing. Nathan served as a co-director of two of Yale’s Medical-Legal Partnerships, as a member of Yale’s Mortgage Foreclosure Litigation Clinic, and as a student fellow at the Solomon Center for Health Law & Policy. Nathan graduated from Amherst College in 2012 and spent two years working for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

My Khanh Ngo is spending her fellowship year with the Office of the Alameda County Public Defender in Oakland, California, where she represents immigrants facing removal as a result of their criminal cases; she also helps communities respond to immigration enforcement actions. A member of Yale Law School’s class of 2017, My Khanh participated in the Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic, the International Refugee Assistance Project, the Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project, and the Capital Punishment Clinic. She graduated from Yale College in 2010.

Rachel Shur is spending her fellowship year with the Orleans Public Defenders, where she works on the problems imposed by attempts to collect fines and fees from poor criminal defendants who are unable to pay them; her focus is on challenging the practice of incarcerating individuals for the inability to pay a criminal justice debt. Rachel graduated from Brown University in 2012 and is a member of the Yale Law School Class of 2017. While at Yale, Rachel participated in the Criminal Justice Clinic and the Capital Punishment Clinic, and she also served as a Co-Director of the Capital Assistance Project.

Fellowship Extensions

With the substantial support of the host organizations, the Liman Center was able to offer extensions to four 2016-2018 Fellows.

Corey Guilmette is continuing his fellowship with the Public Defender Association in Seattle where he has been challenging discriminatory enforcement of trespass policies. Corey is a member of the Yale Law School Class of 2016 and graduated from Wesleyan University in 2013. During law school, Corey participated in the Criminal Justice Clinic, the Green Haven Prison Project, and the Liman Project; he was a co-author of the 2014 report, Time-in-Cell, which detailed national research on the numbers and conditions of individuals in prison who are placed in solitary confinement.

Devon Porter is spending a second fellowship year with the ACLU of Southern California, where she continues to work on the costs imposed on criminal defendants for their representation and the challenges that indigent individuals have in paying fines and fees.  Devon aims to change the structure of economic burdens placed on low-income criminal defendants. Devon graduated from Reed College in 2011 and from Yale Law School in 2015, where she worked with the Liman Project to gather national data on solitary confinement in prison systems across the country and co-authored the 2014 report Time-in-Cell. She clerked for the Honorable Richard A. Paez of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Abigail Rich continues to work with the East Bay Sanctuary Covenant in Berkeley, California, where she represents refugees who have suffered many traumas; her project aims to develop models for working with clients with histories of trauma. She also works with mental health care facilities that offer treatment for asylum seekers. A member of the Yale Law School Class of 2016, Abigail was in the Immigration Legal Services Clinic, the Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic, the Landlord Tenant Clinic, and the International Refugee Assistance Project. She graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 2009.

Jonas Wang is spending another fellowship year with Civil Rights Corps, which is based in Washington, D.C. At Civil Rights Corps, Jonas works on litigation in several states, including Louisiana, Alabama, and Tennessee, that impose undue economic burdens on criminal defendants. A member of the Yale Law School Class of 2016, Jonas participated in the Veterans Legal Services Clinic and served as an Articles Editor of the Yale Law Journal. Jonas graduated from Harvard College in 2012 and received the Ames Award for Service.

2016-2017:

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

2015-2016:

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

2014-2015:

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 

2013-2014:
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

2012-2013:
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

2011-2012:
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

2010-2011:
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

2009–2010:
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

2008–2009:
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

2007–2008:
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

2006-2007:
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

2005-2006:
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

2004-2005:
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

2003-2004:
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

2002-2003:
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

2001-2002:
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

2000-2001:
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

1999-2000:
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

1998-1999:
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

1997-1998:
Alison Hirschel, Arthur Liman Project on Advocacy for the Institutionalized Elderly, Ann Arbor, MI

 

 

Caitlin Bellis, Public Counsel, Los Angeles, CA

Liman Fellows


’07

Sia Sanneh

Attorney, the Equal Justice Initiative