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 Director of the Law School’s Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights. In 2014, he became the founding academic director of the Special Academic Program in Human Rights in Yale College. Before starting at the Law School in 1999, he was the director of the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Center for Human Rights in Washington, D.C., where, in addition to guiding the organization’s advocacy, his work focused on human rights in China, child labor, and corporate responsibility. He serves on the board of the Fair Labor Association and was a founding board member of RUGMARK-USA (now GoodWeave). He graduated in 1989 from Yale Law School. After 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, Silk was editor, policy analyst, and senior writer for the U.S. Committee for Refugees. He taught English in Shanghai, China, in 1982-83. He has a B.A. in economics from the University of Michigan and an M.A. in the humanities from the University of Chicago.
Hope Metcalf is Executive Director of the Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights and co-teaches the Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic. As Executive Director of the Schell Center, she works with students and faculty to coordinate human rights events at the Law School, including the annual Bernstein Symposium, as well as the weekly Human Rights Workshop. Metcalf formerly directed the Arthur Liman Public Interest Program, where she advised students on public interest careers and co-taught the Liman Workshop and Liman Practicum, an experiential course on criminal justice reform. She also supervised the National Litigation Project of the Allard K. Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic, which was founded in 2002 to respond to rights violations arising out of U.S. counterterrorism policy. Metcalf's teaching and research focus on U.S.-based human rights violations, particularly with respect to people in various forms of detention. 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, where she was Senior Articles Editor of the NYU Law Review. She clerked for the Honorable Virginia Long of the New Jersey Supreme Court.
Alisha Bjerregaard is the Robert M. Cover-Allard K. Lowenstein Fellow in International Human Rights and an Associate Research Scholar in Law. Her work during and after law school has focused on advocating for women's rights. Bjerregaard earned her J.D. from Yale Law School, where she was a Student Director in the Allard K. Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic. Upon graduation from law school, Bjerregaard received a Robert L. Bernstein International Human Rights Fellowship to work at the Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) in their Africa Program. Following her fellowship year, Bjerregaard stayed on at CRR as a Legal Adviser, relocating to Nairobi, Kenya. During her nearly five years at CRR, her work focused on using the law to improve reproductive health services in Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania. Returning to the U.S. and to Yale Law School in 2013, Bjerregaard was a Robina Foundation Visiting Human Rights Fellow and then consulted for various human rights organizations, including Amnesty International, on reproductive rights projects. Bjerregaard holds a B.A. in international relations from Brown University.
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