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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 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.
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. His research interests lie at the intersection of media, technology, and the First Amendment. In particular, he hopes to explore how governments may outsource to private actors the regulation of expressive activity, especially through speech codes, civil liability, and antidiscrimination laws. 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.
Alyssa King is a Ph.D. in Law candidate and a Resident Fellow at the Information Society Project. 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 was also a lecturer at the Peking University School of Transnational Law. 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. She studies how adjudicators define their own roles and sources of legitimacy as well as issues of access to justice. This work involves research in arbitration, civil procedure, and comparative and international law. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and a Master 2 from EHESS.
Alex Nunn is a Ph.D. in Law candidate at Yale. His research focuses on evidence and proof, with a particular emphasis on exploring empirical issues and normative tradeoffs in legal factfinding. 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. Alex currently serves as the associate producer of Excited Utterance, a podcast focusing on scholarship in evidence and proof.
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.