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Hope R. Metcalf

Associate Research Scholar in Law; Clinical Lecturer in Law; Supervising Attorney; Director of the Arthur Liman Public Interest Program; and Executive Director, Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights
Hope Metcalf is Executive Director of the Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights; Director of the Arthur Liman Public Interest Program; and co-teaches the Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic. As Liman Director, she administers postgraduate Liman Fellowship for Yale Law School graduates and the Liman Summer Fellowship for Yale undergraduates. She organizes public interest events at the Law School, including the annual Liman Colloquium, and leads the weekly Liman Workshop, a public interest seminar open to all members of the Yale community. Metcalf’s teaching and research focus on criminal justice reform and U.S.-based human rights violations. Recent projects, with students in the Lowenstein Clinic and Liman Practicum, include a report on children serving long sentences in Connecticut, a report on abuses by U.S. cities of homeless residents, administrative advocacy to reform the use of long-term isolation in Connecticut prisons and elsewhere, a study of the effects of child support payment system on recidivism in Connecticut, and a guidebook on family law for incarcerated people in Connecticut. Metcalf formerly directed the National Litigation Project of the Allard K. Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic, which was founded in 2002 to respond to infringements on civil liberties and human rights arising out of U.S. counterterrorism policy. Current research interests include prisoners’ rights, accountability for torture, and using human rights laws and strategies domestically. She is co-chair of the ABA Subcommittee on Solitary Confinement and a board member of Junta for Progressive Action, a New Haven-based immigrants’ rights organization. Metcalf is a graduate of Yale College and New York University School of Law, and she clerked for the Honorable Virginia Long of the New Jersey Supreme Court.

J.D., New York University School of Law, 2001
B.A., Yale, 1996

Courses Taught
Liman Public Interest Workshop
Lowenstein Clinic--Detention and Human Rights in the United States