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Ph.D. Candidate Profiles
Reginald Dwayne Betts is a Ph.D. in Law candidate at Yale. His major research interests are administrative law, criminal law, empirical legal studies, and law and literature. He holds a B.A. from the University of Maryland and a J.D. from Yale Law School. Prior to law school, Dwayne was a Radcliffe Fellow at Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Studies and a Soros Justice Fellow. In addition, he served by appointment of former President Barack Obama as a practitioner member of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
Danieli Evans Peterman
Danieli Evans Peterman is a Ph.D. in Law candidate at Yale, and a Research Scholar at the Justice Collaboratory at Yale Law School. Danieli researches and writes about the causes and consequences of social exclusion, alienation, and inequality. She aims to identify and develop alternatives that facilitate participation and engagement, and thereby encourage pro-social behavior and social/economic mobility. Danieli holds a B.A. from the University of Miami and a J.D. from Yale Law School. After law school, Danieli clerked for the Honorable Diane P. Wood of the Seventh Circuit and the Honorable Harry T. Edwards of the D.C. Circuit. She also practiced at Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans & Figel, and then served as a fellow in constitutional studies at the National Constitution Center.
Luke Herrine is a Ph.D. in Law candidate at Yale. His research explores how commercial and financial law channel and distribute power, how legal doctrine and theory conceptualize that power (or don't), and how a democratic society ought to conceptualize, channel, and distribute it. Luke earned his J.D. from the NYU School of Law and his B.A. from Oberlin College. After law school, he clerked for the Honorable Rosemary S. Pooler of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, worked as a Legal Fellow at the Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy, and directed legal strategy for the Debt Collective.
Thomas Kadri is a Ph.D. in Law candidate at Yale. He writes about free speech and privacy in the digital age. His research looks at the impact of networked technologies on property, tort, and criminal law, with a particular focus on the constitutional implications of private governance of the public sphere. Thomas holds a J.D. from Michigan Law School, where he received the school’s highest honor, the Henry M. Bates Award. He has clerked on the Southern District of New York and the Ninth Circuit.
Alex Nunn is a Ph.D. in Law candidate at Yale. In general, his research focuses on evidence and proof, exploring how practice, procedure, and the allocation of decision making authority in the courtroom affect decisional accuracy, efficiency, and legitimacy. Alex’s scholarship has been featured or is forthcoming in the Texas Law Review, Vanderbilt Law Review, and the peer-reviewed International Journal of Evidence and Proof. He currently serves as the associate producer (and occasional guest host) of Excited Utterance, a podcast focusing on scholarship in evidence and proof. Before coming to Yale, Alex clerked for the Honorable Karen LeCraft Henderson of the D.C. Circuit. He is a graduate of the University of Arkansas and Vanderbilt Law School, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Vanderbilt Law Review.
Portia Pedro is a Ph.D. in Law candidate at Yale. Portia's work systematizes the study of civil procedure. She analyzes the ways that judges use decisionmaking processes to navigate the tensions between law and equity, standards and rules, and rule of law versus individualized justice. Portia holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a B.A. in International Development Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles. During law school, she served as Treasurer and Vice President of the Harvard Law Review. Prior to her doctoral studies, Portia served as a clerk to the Honorable Joseph A. Greenaway, Jr., of the Third Circuit. As a member of the New York State Bar, she practiced at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP as a litigation associate in New York, and as a John J. Gibbons Fellow in Public Interest and Constitutional Law at Gibbons P.C. in Newark, New Jersey.
Clare Frances Ryan is a Ph.D. in Law candidate at Yale. Her research interests include comparative administrative law and European legal institutions. Clare holds a B.A. in Political Science from Macalester College and a J.D. from Yale Law School. After law school, she was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science at Macalester College. Clare also clerked for the Honorable M. Margaret McKeown of the Ninth Circuit and served as a Robina Human Rights Fellow at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France, where she clerked for the Honorable Andras Sájò of Hungary.
Amanda Shanor is a Ph.D. in Law candidate at Yale. Her research focuses on constitutional and administrative law, speech and association, and their intersection with the behavioral sciences. A graduate of Yale Law School and Yale College, Amanda served as a law clerk to the Honorable Cornelia T.L. Pillard and the Honorable Judith W. Rogers of the D.C. Circuit and the Honorable Robert W. Sweet of the Southern District of New York.