Six Students Named 2023 Skadden Fellows

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Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom named six Yale Law School students as 2023 Skadden Fellows. The Skadden Fellowship Foundation awarded Rubin Danberg Biggs ’23, Raymond Fang ’23, Michelle Fraling ’23, Liz Jacob ’23, Lily Novak ’23, and Heather Zimmerman ’23 two-year fellowships to pursue the practice of public interest law full-time.

Rubin Danberg Biggs

Rubin Danberg Biggs ’23

At the New York Civil Liberties Union in New York City, Biggs will work to increase access to affordable housing by addressing housing discrimination against Section 8 voucher recipients through direct representation and community education, as well as challenging municipalities’ exclusionary zoning laws through impact litigation.



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Raymond Fang ’23

Fang will work at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles to help transactional legal services that foster community control and collective ownership of permanently affordable housing, representing community land trusts, tenants’ unions and housing cooperatives.



Michelle Fraling

Michelle Fraling ’23

At the ACLU Center for Liberty in Washington, D.C., Fraling will provide individual and strategic litigation on behalf of low-income veterans and service members to ensure equitable access to gender-specific healthcare.




Liz Jacob

Liz Jacob ’23

At the Sugar Law Center for Social and Economic Justice in Detroit, Jacob will direct legal service for clients experiencing energy insecurity, including utility debt and power shutoffs and provide legal support for community-led policy change challenging inequitable energy burdens.



Lily Novak

Lily Novak ’23

Novak will work with Rights Behind Bars in Washington, D.C., representing noncitizens with psychiatric disabilities in ICE detention to secure their release, so that they can seek appropriate care and participate in their immigration defense in their community.



Heather Zimmerman

Heather Zimmerman ’23

At the ACLU of Maine in Portland, Zimmerman will direct civil representation, potential impact litigation, and policy advocacy to challenge the policies and practices that punish unhoused people, including trespass orders that bar individuals from accessing shelters.

The Skadden Fellowship Foundation seeks to improve legal services for the poor and promote economic independence, funding over 900 fellowships since 1988. Ninety percent of Skadden Fellows remain in public service, and many are still working on the same issues as their original fellowship projects. View a complete list of this year’s fellows.