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Ph.D. Candidate Profiles
BJ Ard is a Ph.D. candidate at Yale Law School. His research focuses on the law’s response to technological change, with particular interests in intellectual property, private law, and the intersections between the two. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia and Yale Law School, where he was Managing Editor of the Yale Law Journal. Prior to his doctoral studies, BJ served as a law clerk to the Honorable R. Lanier Anderson III of the Eleventh Circuit, an intellectual property litigator at Irell & Manella LLP, and a Thomson Reuters Fellow at the Yale Information Society Project.
Conor Clarke is a Ph.D. in Law candidate at Yale. His major research interests are tax law, tax policy, organizational law, empirical legal studies, and law and economics. He holds a B.A. from Amherst College and a J.D. from Yale Law School, where he was awarded the Ralph K. Winter Prize in Law and Economics and served as Articles and Essays Editor for the Yale Law Journal. He is currently clerking for the Honorable Alex Kozinski of the Ninth Circuit. Prior to law school, Conor was a Marshall Scholar in the United Kingdom.
Danieli Evans is a Ph.D. in Law candidate at Yale. Her research aims to draw from social and behavioral science to propose ways that law could better advance the widely-held ideals of equal opportunity and democratic self-determination. 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.
Eric Fish is a Ph.D. in Law candidate at Yale. His major areas of interest include professional ethics, criminal law and procedure, constitutional law, and remedies. He holds an A.B. in Social Studies from Harvard College and a J.D. from Yale Law School, where he was awarded the Judge William E. Miller Prize and the Joseph A. Chubb Prize. He also served as an Articles Editor for the Yale Law Journal, and clerked for the Honorable Pierre Leval and the Honorable Guido Calabresi of the Second Circuit.
Alyssa King is a Ph.D. in Law candidate and a Resident Fellow at the Information Society Project at Yale. Her work in comparative law discusses the intersection of normative systems through mechanisms such as federalism and arbitration. She is particularly interested in the impact of court structure and procedure on substantive law. Previously, she clerked for the Honorable Barrington D. Parker of the Second Circuit and the Honorable Nicholas G. Garaufis of the Eastern District of New York. She graduated from Yale Law School, where she was Executive Editor of the Yale Journal of International Law and an Editor of the Yale Law Journal.
Kate Klonick is a Ph.D. in Law candidate and a Resident Fellow at the Information Society Project at Yale. Previously, she clerked for the Honorable Richard C. Wesley of the Second Circuit and the Honorable Eric N. Vitaliano of the Eastern District of New York. She graduated from Georgetown University Law Center, where she was a Senior Editor at The Georgetown Law Journal and the Founding Editor of the The Georgetown Law Journal Online. Her research interests involve applying theoretical and/or empirical cognitive psychology research to the law.
Ryan Mitchell is currently a Ph.D. in Law candidate and Mellon Foundation Humanities Fellow at Yale. He previously received his J.D. from Harvard Law School (2012) and his B.A. from the New School (2007). His research at Yale focuses on public international law, legal theory, comparative law, Chinese law, and legal history. Combining these interests, his approach to international law scholarship focuses in particular on the field’s diverse historical background and contemporary influences, while also exploring competing theories and non-Western approaches to international law.
Portia Pedro is a Ph.D. in Law candidate at Yale. Her research focuses on civil procedure's long-accepted, but relatively unexamined, practices. Employing behavioral science research, Portia queries whether existing procedural regimes may generate harmful outcomes that thwart procedural purposes. 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.
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.
Shelley Welton is a Ph.D. in Law candidate at Yale. Her research focuses on how climate change is transforming U.S. energy law and energy governance, drawing from the fields of energy, environmental, and administrative law. Shelley holds a J.D. from New York University School of Law, an M.P.A. in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, and a B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.