Clinical Professor of Law
(on leave, spring 2020)
Fiona Doherty is Clinical Professor of Law at Yale Law School. She directs the Criminal Justice Clinic, which defends indigent clients accused of misdemeanor and felony offenses in New Haven. The clinic also handles a wide variety of sentencing cases, including federal clemency petitions. In 2014, Professor Doherty received the Yale Provost’s Teaching Prize.FULL BIOGRAPHY
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Education & Curriculum Vitae
J.D., Yale Law School, 1999
B.A., University of Virginia, 1996
- Samuel Jacobs Criminal Justice Clinic
- Veterans Legal Services Clinic
- Liman Public Interest Workshop
Fiona Doherty is Clinical Professor of Law at Yale Law School. She directs the Criminal Justice Clinic, which defends indigent clients accused of misdemeanor and felony offenses in New Haven. The clinic also handles a wide variety of sentencing cases, including federal clemency petitions. In 2014, Professor Doherty received the Yale Provost’s Teaching Prize.
From 2005 to 2010, Professor Doherty was an Assistant Federal Defender in the Southern District of New York. Before that, she was Senior Counsel at Human Rights First in New York City, working to ensure that U.S. anti-terrorism measures incorporate human rights protections.
Professor Doherty received her J.D. from Yale Law School in 1999 and clerked for the Honorable Martha Craig Daughtrey on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. She then received a Bernstein Fellowship to work in Northern Ireland, where she focused on cases involving the targeting of defense lawyers during the conflict.
Professor Doherty’s current scholarship focuses on supervised release, probation, and parole. She has published in the NYU Law Review and in the Georgetown Law Journal.
Monday, July 8, 2019
An article by Clinical Professor of Law Fiona Doherty ’99 was cited in decisions for two recent U.S. Supreme Court cases, Mont v. United States and United States v. Haymond. Both cases concern supervised release, a common practice in federal sentencing.
Monday, March 25, 2019
On March 22, 2019, the Samuel Jacobs Criminal Justice Clinic (CJC) submitted testimony to the Connecticut General Assembly in support of Senate Bill 880, “An Act Increasing Fairness and Transparency in the Criminal Justice System.” CJC’s testimony supports the bill’s parole revocation provisions, which establish data collection and reporting
Monday, July 23, 2018
A Federal Judge in the Eastern District of New York issued a ruling this month holding that he would no longer send people back to prison for marijuana use while on supervised release. The opinion extensively cited the work of Professor Fiona Doherty ’99.
Monday, July 16, 2018
Clinical Professor of Law Fiona Doherty ’99 is quoted in an article about the impact of probation on substance abusers.
Friday, January 19, 2018
Fiona Doherty ’99 received tenure and was appointed Clinical Professor of Law at Yale Law School.
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Clinical Associate Professor of Law and director of the Criminal Justice Clinic Fiona Doherty ’99 and Theo Torres ’18 are quoted in an article about a report by the clinic on the parole revocation process in Connecticut.
Tuesday, July 5, 2016
The National Symposium on Eyewitness Identification Reform brought together police officers, judges, prosecutors, defense lawyers, and policy makers to focus on the critical problem of eyewitness misidentification.
Monday, June 9, 2014
Clinical Associate Professor of Law Fiona Doherty ’99 was recently honored as one of the winners of the 2013-2014 Yale Provost’s Teaching Prize, which recognizes untenured Yale faculty who exemplify excellence in teaching.
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Fiona Doherty ’99 will join the Yale Law faculty in July 2012 as a Clinical Associate Professor of Law.