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James J. Silk

Clinical Professor of Law, Allard K. Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic, and Executive Director, Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights (on leave, fall 2013)
James Silk is Clinical Professor of Law at Yale Law School, where he directs the Allard K. Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic. He is also executive director of the Law School’s Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights. He was formerly the director of the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Center for Human Rights in Washington, D.C. After completing law school, he was an attorney at the Washington law firm of Arnold & Porter, where his pro bono work included representing a Virginia death-row inmate in his appeals. Before attending law school, Professor Silk was editor, policy analyst, and senior writer for the U.S. Committee for Refugees. He has taught English in Shanghai, China. Professor Silk has a B.A. in Economics from the University of Michigan, an M.A. in the Humanities from the University of Chicago, and a J.D. from Yale.

Education
J.D., Yale, 1989.
M.A., U. Chicago, 1981
A.B., U. Michigan, 1969

Courses Taught
Human Rights Workshop
Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic