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.
Soo-Ryun Kwon is an Associate Research Scholar in Law and the Robert M. Cover-Allard K. Lowenstein Fellow in International Human Rights at Yale Law School. She previously served as a Human Rights Fellow at the University of San Francisco School of Law, a consultant to the Africa Division at Human Rights Watch, and a fellow at the International Refugee Rights Initiative. She holds a B.A. from Harvard and a J.D. from the Fordham University School of Law.
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