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Biography

Anika Singh Lemar is a Visiting Clinical Associate Professor at Yale Law School.  Previously, while in private practice in New Haven, she represented clients in land use matters, affordable housing development, and urban revitalization efforts.  Anika has taught land use and urban redevelopment at Yale College and the Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment at Pratt Institute.

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, a New Haven-based not-for-profit organization.  She also co-chairs Friends of New Haven Legal Assistance.  An active member of the Urban Land Institute, she has organized ULI events in Connecticut, participated in a Technical Assistance Panel commissioned by the City of Hartford in connection with its redevelopment of a major commercial corridor, and, in 2012, presented at ULI’s national conference in Charlotte.  

Anika helped to found and later served on the Board of Directors of Next City, formerly known as The Next American City.  Next City is a highly-regarded urban affairs publication headquartered in Philadelphia.  In 2003, in an article featuring Anika and two other co-founders of the magazine, The New York Times called the project “a subtle plan to change the world” and, that same year, The New Yorker described the project thusly: “Next American City … emerges out of the knowledge that cities cannot be frozen in time and have to grow and change — but that the next generation will have to do better than the suburban sprawl that decimated our cities over the last century.”  Today, Next City is read by policymakers and advocates across the country.  Institutional subscribers include The Brookings Institution, The Urban Institute, Princeton University and the Penn Institute for Urban Research.

From 2005 to 2007 Anika was a Skadden Fellow and Staff Attorney at the Community Development Project of the Urban Justice Center in New York.  Anika's work at the Urban Justice Center was featured in the New York Daily News and USA Today.  In 2007 she authored a policy report, Debt Weight: The Consumer Credit Crisis in New York and its Impact on the Working Poor, that was featured on the front page of the New York Law Journal. Of the six policy recommendations made in Debt Weight, three were adopted in the State of New York.  In particular, the Exempt Income Protection Act, which Anika drafted in partnership with legal aid attorneys across New York State, was signed into law in 2008.  

From 2004 to 2005, Anika served as a Law Clerk for the Honorable Janet C. Hall of the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut.  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.  Each year since 2010, Anika has been selected as a "Rising Star" in New England Super Lawyers in the category of real estate.