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Biography

Anika Singh Lemar is a Clinical Associate Professor at Yale Law School where she teaches the Community and Economic Development Clinic. From 2007 to 2013, she was in private practice in New Haven, where she represented for-profit, not-for-profit and governmental clients engaged in a variety of real estate projects including building affordable housing, remediating and redeveloping brownfields, and revitalizing urban neighborhoods. From 2005 to 2007, she was a Skadden Fellow and Staff Attorney at the Community Development Project of the Urban Justice Center in New York. From 2004 to 2005, she served as a Law Clerk for the Honorable Janet C. Hall of the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut.

Professor Lemar co-chairs Friends of New Haven Legal Assistance.She is a member of the Boards of Directors of the South Asian Bar Association of Connecticut, the Connecticut Main Street Center and All Our Kin. An active member of the Urban Land Institute, she has presented at ULI’s national conference and participated in a ULI Technical Assistance Panel.  Professor Lemar helped to found and later served on the Board of Directors of Next City, a highly-regarded urban affairs publication read by policymakers and advocates across the country.

She received her B.A., cum laude, in Ethics, Politics, and Economics from Yale University and received her J.D., cum laude, from New York University School of Law where she was a Root-Tilden-Kern Scholar, a Dean’s Scholar and a Robert McKay Scholar. While in law school, she received the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans.