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. As of 2019, the Liman Center has funded 143 Liman Law Fellows.

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.

Announcing the 2019–2020 Liman Law Fellows

 

Since its founding as the Liman Program in 1997, the Arthur Liman Center for Public Interest Law has provided fellowships to 143 Yale Law School graduates.  In 2017, at the behest of former Liman Fellows, the Center created the Resnik-Curtis Fellowship to honor Judith Resnik, the Arthur Liman Professor of Law and the Center’s Founding Director, and Dennis Curtis, Clinical Professor Emeritus and a pioneer in Yale Law School’s Clinical Program. In 2018, the Liman Center honored Amy Meselson, a former Liman Fellow who had worked tirelessly on behalf of immigrant children, by creating a fellowship in her memory. The Liman Center is delighted to announce the selection of ten Fellows for 2019–2020.

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Tiffany Bailey will join the ACLU of Southern California, where she will work to reform municipal ordinances that criminalize homelessness in Orange County, California, and the surrounding region. She will provide direct services to limit the collateral consequences of such criminalization. Tiffany graduated from Pepperdine University in 2014 and from Yale Law School in 2017, where she participated in the Challenging Mass Incarceration Clinic and the Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic, and was a member of the Yale Law Journal. Tiffany clerked for the Honorable Leondra R. Kruger on the California Supreme Court and now clerks for the Honorable Marsha S. Berzon on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Catherine Chen will spend her fellowship year at Medical-Legal Partnership Hawai‘i at the University of Hawai‘i’s William S. Richardson School of Law. She will serve Hawai‘i’s immigrant populations through direct legal services and community education, focusing on the Compact of Free Association (COFA) and the harms of the criminalization of immigration. She graduated from Yale College in 2013 and from Yale Law School in 2018, where she participated in the Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic, Immigration Legal Services Clinic, International Refugee Assistance Project, and Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project. She is now clerking for the Honorable Kim M. Wardlaw of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Diane de Gramont is the 2019-2020 Meselson-Liman Fellow. She will join the National Center for Youth Law, where she will represent children with disabilities in immigration detention facilities. Diane graduated from Harvard College in 2010 and earned a master's degree in comparative politics from Oxford University in 2014. A member of Yale Law School's Class of 2017, she served on the Clinical Student Board and participated in the New Haven Legal Assistance Immigrant Rights Clinic and in the Landlord/Tenant Legal Services Clinic. Diane clerked for the Honorable Sarah S. Vance in the Eastern District of Louisiana and is currently clerking for the Honorable Stephen A. Higginson on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Bassam Gergi will join Fair Share Housing Center in his home state of New Jersey. He seeks to help low-income residents have access to safe, decent affordable housing in communities with good opportunities for work and school. Bassam graduated from Yale Law School in 2017, where he was the student director of the Legislative Advocacy Clinic and focused on housing segregation. Prior to law school, Bassam interned on Capitol Hill for then-Senator Barack Obama; thereafter, he was a field organizer on President Obama’s 2008 campaign in New Hampshire. Bassam earned his B.A. in history from King’s College London and his M.Phil. in comparative government from the University of Oxford.  Bassam is now clerking for Chief Justice Stuart J. Rabner of the New Jersey Supreme Court. 

John Giammatteo will join Lutheran Social Services of New York’s Immigration Legal Program, where he will represent individuals seeking asylum on account of gender-based and gang-related persecution. A 2017 graduate of Yale Law School, John participated in the Veterans Legal Services Clinic and the International Refugee Assistance Project. He clerked for the Honorable Victor A. Bolden of the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut and is currently clerking for the Honorable Gerard E. Lynch of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Prior to law school, John was a Marshall Scholar in London, where he received degrees from SOAS and City, University of London, and worked with asylum seekers. John graduated from Syracuse University in 2011.

Diana Li Kim is the recipient of the 2019-2020 Resnik-Curtis Fellowship, created to support projects that focus on criminal justice. Diana will spend her fellowship year with the Connecticut Division of Public Defender Services in New Haven. She will work to improve indigent defense of young adults and of juveniles transferred to be prosecuted as adults by utilizing the scientific evidence on adolescent brain development. Diana graduated from Harvard College in 2014 and from Yale Law School in 2017. At Yale, she was active in the Liman Project and the Immigrant Rights Clinic through New Haven Legal Assistance. After graduation, she clerked for the Honorable Janet C. Hall on the District Court for the District of Connecticut and is now clerking for the Honorable Guido Calabresi on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Allison Morte will join the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office, where she will challenge predatory payday lending through affirmative litigation and policy advocacy. Morte graduated from the University of Kansas in 2015 and is a member of the Yale Law School class of 2019. At Yale, she has participated in the Immigrant Rights Clinic, the Challenging Mass Incarceration Clinic, and the Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic and has volunteered with the International Refugee Assistance Project.

Alyssa Peterson will spend her fellowship year with the Center for Popular Democracy, where she will work to shape legislation to bolster enforcement of workplace protections and help communities to organize against obligations to forego courts and be channeled exclusively into arbitration. Alyssa graduated from Georgetown University in 2014 and is a member of the Yale Law School Class of 2019, where she has served as a Coker Fellow and participated in the Veterans Legal Services Clinic, the Title IX Working Group, and the Civil Rights Project. Alyssa was a policy coordinator for Know Your IX, an activist organization led by those who have experienced sexual harassment and that works to improve enforcement of the federal legislation known as “Title IX.”

Megha Ram will join the Roderick & Solange MacArthur Justice Center in Washington, D.C, where she will help people in jail and immigration detention vindicate their rights to medical care, humane conditions, and freedom from violence. She will mix work creating resources for self-represented individuals with a focus on litigation challenging conditions.  Megha graduated from UC San Diego in 2013 and from Yale Law School in 2018, where she participated in the Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic and the International Refugee Assistance Project. She was also a Co-Chair of the Clinical Student Board and an editor of the Yale Law Journal. Megha is currently clerking for the Honorable Michael P. Shea of the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut.

Adam Rice will spend his fellowship year with the Office of the Attorney General of Colorado, where he will focus on enforcement of labor rights and protecting Colorado's workers against exploitation. Adam graduated from Dartmouth College in 2012 and is a member of the Yale Law School Class of 2019, where he has worked in the Community and Economic Development Clinic and the Fair Housing Track of the Housing Clinic; he is also a member of the Clinical Student Board, the Yale Law Urbanists, and the law school soccer team. Prior to law school, Adam was an elementary school teacher in Newark, New Jersey.

 

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2019–2020 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 four of the 2018–2019 Fellows.

 

Olevia Boykin will continue her fellowship at Civil Rights Corps, where she has focused on investigating and challenging programs that impose high fees on individuals seeking to use programs to divert them from the criminal law enforcement system. During her second year, Olevia will investigate how such charges work on the ground and help public defenders shape legal arguments against the imposition of such fees in individual cases. Olevia graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2014 and from Yale Law School in 2017 and clerked for the Honorable Myron H. Thompson of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama.

 

Joanne Lee will spend a second year at Gulfcoast Legal Services in Tampa Bay, Florida, where she has been representing immigrants who have been subjected to domestic violence. With her fellowship extension, Joanne will provide training both to law enforcement officers and to providers of services for immigrants. Joanne graduated in 2015 from Oberlin College and from Yale Law School in 2018.

Elizabeth Pierson will spend a second year with Legal Action of Wisconsin and represent tenants at risk of losing their housing. She will work to embed cooperative relationships with other organizations to make tenants aware of their rights and to identify landlords who repeatedly treat renters unfairly. Elizabeth graduated from Haverford College in 2012 and from Yale Law School in 2018.

Yenisey Rodriguez will continue her fellowship representing children at the Public Defender Service in D.C. Her focus is on children between 15 and 18 who are charged as adults and held in juvenile facilities. A recent D.C. law requires that these children be housed with their peers, and Yenisey is studying whether holding juveniles in separate facilities affects case outcomes. Yenisey graduated from the University of Chicago in 2006 and received her M.A. and M.Phil. in American Studies at Yale’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in 2012. She graduated from Yale Law School in 2015 and clerked for the Honorable Nelson S. Román of the Southern District of New York.

 

2017-2018:

Celina AldapeD.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


’07

Sia Sanneh

Attorney, the Equal Justice Initiative