The Liman Center annually funds fellowships for Yale Law School graduates to spend a year working in public interest law in United States.  As of 2021, the Liman Center has funded 163 such fellowships.

Fellows' projects have included work in welfare rights, homelessness, racial profiling, indigent criminal defense, alternative sentencing courts, immigration, workers rights, and juvenile justice.

How the Fellowship Works

  • Fellowships are awarded in the spring. Fellows start their projects the following summer or fall.
  • Fellows send the Center periodic progress reports, including a final report at the end of the fellowship.
  • The Liman Center provides an annual stipend of approximately $47,500. With rare exceptions, host organizations cover the cost of health insurance and other benefits. Host organizations must provide and arrange for malpractice insurance.

Organizations interested in sponsoring a fellow are encouraged to contact Jenny Carroll.

Hannah Abelow ’21 works to overcome barriers to tenants’ invocation of disability rights through a combination of policy advocacy and direct services at Queens Legal Services in Queens, N.Y. Her project aims to expand access to the courts, improve the adjudication of disability claims arising in landlord-tenant cases, and enhance the quality of defense provided to tenants facing evictions. Abelow graduated from Brown University in 2014 and worked for former Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo. At Yale Law School, Abelow has been a member of the Community Economic Development Clinic, the Housing Clinic, and the COVID-19 Small Business Clinic. After her fellowship year, she will clerk for Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis in the Eastern District of New York. 

Sophie Angelis ’21 represents elderly people in prison who are seeking compassionate release and other accommodations for age-related disabilities at Rights Behind Bars in Washington, D.C. Angelis has been a student director of the Green Haven Prison Project at Yale Law School. After graduating from Harvard University in 2013, she interned at Prisoners' Legal Services of Massachusetts. She has studied prisons in Norway on a Fulbright fellowship. 

Jonathan Cohen ’20, this year's Resnik-Curtis Fellow, joins the Rhode Island Center for Justice. Through a combination of direct services, legislative advocacy, and litigation, he works to mitigate the risks and harms of incarceration for queer Rhode Islanders inside and outside of prison. His project’s goals include improving access to stable housing, ending the use of solitary confinement, and increasing accountability for the state’s Department of Corrections administrators. Cohen holds a master’s degree from Harvard Kennedy School and an undergraduate degree from Brown University. He is currently a law clerk for the Chief Judge John J. McConnell of U.S. District Court of Rhode Island. 

Allison Durkin ’21 works in the DNA Unit of the Legal Aid Society of New York to promote the transparency of forensic biological testing techniques and challenge technologies that contribute to wrongful convictions. At Yale Law School, Durkin was a Coker Fellow, a member of the Criminal Justice Advocacy Clinic and the Pediatric Medical-Legal Partnership, and a board member of the Thomas Swan Barristers’ Union and the Clinical Student Board. Durkin is a 2016 graduate of Yale College. Before law school, she worked at the Seaver Autism Center at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. 

Eli Feasley ’21 builds tools to support client-centered defense and advocacy for indigent defendants at the Neighborhood Defender Service of Detroit. This project aims to improve the quality of representation, combat inequities, and reduce the number of people behind bars. Feasley will also have a small caseload, utilizing these tools in their client representation. Feasley graduated from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, in 2011. After studying machine learning at the University of Texas, they worked as a data scientist and software engineer at Khan Academy. At Yale Law School, they co-directed the Rebellious Lawyering conference and participated in the Liman Project, the Challenging Mass Incarceration Clinic, and the Media Freedom and Information Advocacy Clinic.

Duncan Hosie ’21 joins the national office of the ACLU based in New York City. His project concentrates on ensuring that civil rights of individuals are not eroded by exemptions for others asserting their religious freedoms. One focus will be employment discrimination protections for LGBTQ people. Hosie graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University in 2016, where he majored in the School of Public and International Affairs. He also earned graduate degrees from the London School of Economics and University of Oxford as a Marshall Scholar. At Yale Law School, he was a student director of the San Francisco Affirmative Litigation Project and a Coker Fellow. After his Liman Fellowship, he will clerk for Judge Paul J. Watford of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. 

Sophie Laing ’21 works with Pine Tree Legal Assistance in Portland, Maine, to secure relief for student loan borrowers who are mistreated by loan servicing entities. Laing’s project will include affirmative litigation against servicers engaged in unlawful practices, defending borrowers in debt collection proceedings, and providing trainings on ways to find relief. Laing received a B.A. in political science from Tufts University in 2016. At Yale Law School, Laing co-directed the HAVEN Medical-Legal Partnership. Through the Housing Clinic, she represented homeowners facing foreclosure.  

James Mooney ’19 joins the ACLU of Illinois to combat regressive fine and fee policies that disproportionately harm people of color. Mooney graduated from Davidson College in 2014. In law school, he participated in the Reentry Clinic and spent summers at the Orleans Public Defenders and the ACLU National Prison Project. Mooney has clerked for Chief U.S. District Judge Lee H. Rosenthal of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. He is currently clerking for Judge Thomas H. Hardiman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Mooney has published essays on criminal legal reform and access to justice topics in SlateThe Yale Law Journal, and The Yale Law & Policy Review

Isadora Ruyter-Harcourt ’21 is spending her fellowship year at the Powell Project in Denver, Colorado. She focuses on racial discrimination and bias under state law in the use of the death penalty. Ruyter-Harcourt will gather and analyze statewide data as part of teams of lawyers working on capital defense. At Yale Law School, Ruyter-Harcourt served as co-chair of the Capital Assistance Project and YLS Defenders, and as a member of the Criminal Justice Clinic and the Capital Assistance Clinic. She graduated from Barnard College at Columbia University in 2016. Before law school, she worked for two years as a paralegal at the Federal Defenders, Eastern District of New York. 

Kshithij Shrinath ’21, the Meselson-Liman Fellow, is part of the Impact Litigation Unit of the Bronx Defenders. He works to challenge arbitrary bond practices in immigration court. Shrinath’s project aims to have immigration judges in the New York City area consider individuals’ ability to pay when setting bond as well as alternatives to detention. Shrinath graduated from Georgetown University in 2017. At Yale Law School, he is a member of the Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic and has co-chaired the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association. This fellowship honors the memory of Amy Meselson ’02, a former Liman Fellow. 

2021–2022 Fellowship Extensions

The Liman Center is pleased that, with substantial support from the host organizations, it can contribute to a second fellowship year awarded to three of the 2020–2021 Fellows. 

Josh Blecher-Cohen ’20 works at the intersection of LGBT+ rights and criminal legal reform. As a Liman Fellow at the ACLU of Illinois, Blecher-Cohen continues to challenge housing discrimination against LGBT+ people with criminal records. He is also expanding his focus by working on litigation to advocate for trans people in state and federal prisons. Blecher-Cohen holds degrees from Harvard and Oxford and graduated from Yale Law School in 2020, where he was co-chair of the Yale Civil Rights Project, managing editor of the Yale Law Journal, and student director of the Supreme Court Advocacy Clinic. He has also worked to reform Connecticut’s parentage laws to improve the protection of LGBT+ families.                     

Sam Frizell ’20 continues to challenge discrimination against low-income New Yorkers who use housing vouchers to help pay their rent. During his first year at Legal Aid of New York, he worked on cases against dozens of New York City landlords and brokers who illegally discriminated against residents seeking housing. In his second year, the project also focuses on how criminal background checks in housing, like voucher discrimination, exacerbate housing segregation. Frizell earned his J.D. from Yale Law School, where he was a member of the Veterans Legal Services Clinic and the Housing Clinic. Before law school, Frizell was a journalist and a staff writer for TIME magazine.

Joseph Schottenfeld ’19 is at the NAACP, where he mixes advocacy and litigation to improve housing stability and challenge unjust housing and unfair voting rights practices in the Southeast. During his first year, Schottenfeld helped develop and launch what is termed a “housing navigator’s pilot program” in South Carolina, where trained community volunteers are paired with tenants to help tenants facing evictions gain access to legal and non-legal services. Schottenfeld is expanding the pilot project by increasing the program’s reach around the Southeast and by deepening ties with local services providers. Building on work during his first year, Schottenfeld is involved in housing and prison condition cases. He earned his J.D. from Yale Law School, where he was a member of the Rule of Law Clinic and the co-president of the National Security Group. Before joining the NAACP, Schottenfeld clerked for the Honorable Marsha Berzon of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. 

2020–2021

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

2019–2020

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

20182019

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

2017–2018

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

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


Jamelia Morgan
’13

Jamelia Morgan

An Arthur Liman Fellow’s Experience at the ACLU National Prison Project