Forty Years of Clinical Education at Yale:
Generating New Rights, Remedies, and Legal Services
March 5-6, 2009 · Yale Law School
Sponsored by Yale Law School, the Liman Public Interest Program,
and the Oscar M. Ruebhausen Fund
March 5 and 6, 2009
Yale Law School
Thursday, March 5, 2009
4:15-4:30 p.m. (Room 127) COLLOQUIUM PARTICIPANTS HONOREES Dennis Curtis
Clinical Professor Emeritus of Law and Professorial Lecturer in Law, Yale Law School
Dennis Curtis is Clinical Professor of Law Emeritus at Yale Law School, where he teaches courses on sentencing and professional responsibility. He also directs a clinical course in which students work with Connecticut’s State Disciplinary Counsel to prosecute lawyers who violate rules of professional conduct.
Professor Curtis has a B.S. from the United States Naval Academy and an LL.B. from the Yale Law School. Before coming to law school, he served as a line officer aboard submarines.
Professor Curtis was one of the pioneers of clinical education in the 1970s. In the programs that he created, faculty supervised students who represented indigent clients in a variety of contexts. Some of the clients were in settings such as prisons and mental hospitals. By working within institutions, students learned an area of substantive law in an administrative-regulatory context. His students were also active in a variety of legal service programs on behalf of aliens, the elderly, the homeless, the developmentally disabled, and clients of legal aid societies, representing clients in legal settings ranging from negotiations and administrative hearings to appellate arguments in the federal circuit courts. Students often engaged in research that resulted in law review articles and monographs -- illustrating the relationship between becoming lawyers and understanding substantive legal regimes.
In 1997, Professor Curtis developed a new clinical offering in which students appear in hearings before the Statewide Grievance Committee, the agency charged with administering the lawyer disciplinary process in Connecticut. Under this model, students work to prosecute cases alleging violations of Connecticut’s Code of Professional Responsibility.
Professor Curtis has written several essays on clinical education and the legal profession and has joined sitting federal judges and other law professors in shaping courses on the law of sentencing. Currently, the sentencing class at Yale Law School that he teaches with the Honorable Nancy Gertner and Professor Kate Stith focuses on sentencing guidelines in the United States as well as methods of sentencing in states and in countries around the world.
He has testified before congressional and judicial committees on sentencing, parole, and post-conviction remedies. From 1990 to 1995, he served as the first President of the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission, created when the voters in Los Angeles approved a change in the City Charter. The jurisdiction of the Ethics Commission included campaign finance laws and regulations and governmental ethics, and the Commission distributed millions of dollars in matching campaign funds to eligible candidates for city elections.
In 2007, Professor Curtis was appointed to serve on the Democracy Fund Board, which is the government entity in New Haven charged with distributing public funds for campaigns. He is a member of the American Law Institute and serves as a consultant for law schools through the Association of American Law Schools. He also chaired the AALS’s Committee on Clinical Legal Education and served as a director of the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles.
Francis X. Dineen
Clinical Visiting Lecturer in Law, Yale Law School; New Haven Legal Assistance
Francis X. Dineen is a clinical lecturer in law at Yale Law School. He has an A.B. from Dartmouth and an LL.B. from Yale Law School.
Mr. Dineen is one of the longest serving legal services lawyers in the country. In 1962, the Ford Foundation funded Community Progress, Inc., as a model for the Kennedy administration’s Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO). With the involvement of the late Yale Law School faculty member Joseph Goldstein, who was a Ford Foundation consultant, the program included a legal component. Jean Camper Cahn and Frank Dineen were the two lawyers hired for the program. A year later, because of political problems resulting from representing an African-American man accused of raping a white women, the legal component was spun off as New Haven Legal Assistance Association, Inc. Jean’s Cahn’s husband, Edgar Cahn, became Sargeant Shriver’s chief of staff at OEO, and was instrumental in getting a federally funded legal component into OEO. That ultimately became the Legal Services Corporation.
However, Mr. Dineen’s involvement actually goes back further. Thanks largely to the involvement of Yale Law School students, New Haven established a municipal legal aid bureau in 1927, one of the first five in the country, with Mr. Dineen as its first student chair. After NHLAA was formed, he had the title of Director of the Municipal Legal Aid Bureau, one of only three people to have held that title (the others being Grace Bossie and Robert Solomon, Yale Law School Clinical Professor and Director of the School’s Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization).
Mr. Dineen was involved in many landmark cases, including the Supreme Court case of Boddie v. Connecticut, establishing the right to free access to the courts in cases of fundamental rights. As a result, every state and the federal system established fee waiver mechanisms. Mr. Dineen is also credited with literally reinventing landlord/tenant practice in CT.
Mr. Dineen is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Distinguished Service Award from Yale University and Yale Law School in 1981, for his work in legal services and with law students; and the Charles J. Parker Legal Services Award from the Connecticut Bar Association for his work in legal services. He was also designated a James W. Cooper Fellow by the Connecticut Bar Foundation in 1994. He is currently teaching and working with students in the Landlord/Tenant and Legal Assistance clinics.
Clinical Professor of Law and Supervising Attorney, Yale Law School
Carroll Lucht is Clinical Professor of Law at Yale Law School. His subject areas are disability law, poverty law, and refugee and asylum law.
Professor Lucht received a B.A. and a J.D. from the University of Nebraska and an M.S.W. from the University of Michigan. He has worked with legal services organizations in Colorado, Nebraska, Georgia, and Iowa, where he was Clinical Professor of Law at the University of Iowa College of Law from 1981 until 1989, when he joined the Yale Law School faculty.
Students in the Immigration Clinic work with Professors Lucht, Stephen Wizner, and Jean Koh Peters on affidavits and briefs on behalf of their clients and represent them in interviews with immigration officials and in oral arguments before judges in administrative proceedings and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. Professor Lucht also works with Professor Wizner in the newly created Legal Services for Immigrant Communities Clinic, which fuses traditional civil legal services representation with collaborative, community-based strategies for solving community problems and empowering clients. The clinic provides a broad range of legal services to the two largest immigrant communities in New Haven: the Spanish-speaking Latin American and Caribbean community, and the French-speaking West African community, and offers students the opportunity to represent immigrant clients in a wide range of cases, often including not just immigration law, but employment law, benefits, family law, mortgage foreclosures, landlord-tenant law, and consumer fraud.
Professor Lucht is the author of numerous publications on legal services, children with special needs, and disability rights issues.
William O. Douglas Clinical Professor of Law and Supervising Attorney, Yale Law School
Stephen Wizner is the William O. Douglas Clinical Professor of Law at Yale Law School. He has been on the Yale Law School faculty since 1970. He also has a Special Appointment as the Sackler Professor of Law at Tel Aviv University, where he serves as consultant and advisor on clinical legal education.
Professor Wizner received his A.B. from Dartmouth College in 1959, and a J.D. from the University of Chicago in 1963. From 1963 to 1966, Professor Wizner served as a Trial Attorney with the Criminal Division of the United States Department of Justice (Honors Program) in Washington, DC. From 1966 to 1970, he was a legal services lawyer in New York City, first as a Staff Attorney at the Columbia University Center on Social Welfare Policy and Law, and then as a Managing Attorney at Mobilization for Youth (MFY) Legal Services. At Yale, Professor Wizner has taught and supervised students in the Law School’s clinical program, and has taught non-clinical courses in Trial Practice, Evidence, and Ethics.
Professor Wizner is the recipient of the William Pincus Award for "outstanding contributions to clinical legal education" from the Association of American Law Schools Section on Clinical Legal Education, the Richard S. Jacobson Trial Advocacy Teaching Award from the Roscoe Pound American Trial Lawyers Foundation, the Charles J. Parker Legal Services Award from the Connecticut Bar Association, The Connecticut Law Tribune Award "for distinguished service to the State Bar," the Theodore I. Koskoff Award "for outstanding contributions to trial law specialization and certification" from the National Board of Trial Advocacy, and, recently, the Society of American Law Teachers’ "Great Teacher" award.
Among his many professional and community activities, Professor Wizner is a Member of the Criminal Justice Act Advisory Committee for the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, a Special Master of the Connecticut Superior Court Regional Family Trial Docket, and Dean of the Faculty of the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification.
Professor Wizner is the author of numerous articles on legal education, legal services, ethics, juvenile justice, and poverty law. He currently teaches and works with students in the Immigration Legal Services and Legal Services for Immigrant Communities Clinics, and in Legal Ethics and Trial Practice.
Professor of Law, Washington College of Law, American University; Clinical Visiting Professor of Law, Yale Law School (Spring Term)
Muneer Ahmad is a professor of law at American University Washington College of Law, where he teaches in an international human rights clinic and also teaches immigration law. From July 2004 to April 2007, he represented a Canadian citizen detained at Guantánamo Bay, both in civil proceedings in federal court and in military commission proceedings at Guantánamo. In his clinical teaching, he supervises students in the provision of representation to indigent immigrants in the DC area facing a range of legal challenges, including detention and removal, and labor exploitation in low-wage industries. He also supervises students on policy projects, including language access in DC, as well as the availability of legal and social services in immigrant detention centers. His scholarship examines the intersections of immigration, race, and citizenship in both legal theory and legal practice. He has also written and spoken widely about the impact of the September 11th attacks on Arab, Muslim, and South Asian communities. He is a Commissioner on the District of Columbia Access to Justice Commission, a member of the Advisory Board to the American Bar Association Commission on Immigration, and an advisory board member for the newly created DC Community Legal Interpreter Bank. He serves as a board member for Global Workers Justice Alliance (an organization committed to "portable justice" for transnational workers), and an advisory board member to South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT).
Prior to joining the faculty at American, he was a Skadden Fellow and staff attorney at the Asian Pacific American Legal Center in Los Angeles, where he represented low-wage Latina/o and Asian workers in L.A. sweatshops, represented immigrant workers who had been trafficked into the United States, and addressed the impact of welfare reform on immigrant communities. While in Los Angeles, he was also Legal Task Force Chair of the South Asian Network. He clerked for the Honorable William K. Sessions III in the U.S. District Court in Burlington, Vermont. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School.
Helaine M. Barnett
President, Legal Services Corporation
Helaine M. Barnett was appointed President of the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) on January 20, 2004. The Board selected Ms. Barnett for the position based on her exemplary 37-year career providing legal services to the poor in New York City and her leadership record in the American legal community at the national, state, and local levels. LSC was created by Congress in 1974 as a private, not-for-profit corporation to promote equal access to the civil justice system in the United States. LSC’s mission is to promote equal access to justice in our nation and to provide high quality civil legal assistance to low-income persons. LSC, with a budget of approximately $350 million for fiscal year 2008, funds 137 legal aid programs with over 920 offices serving every county throughout the United States and is responsible for ensuring the funds are spent in conformity with the mandates of Congress. The programs handle close to one million cases annually.
Ms. Barnett is the first legal aid attorney to serve as President of LSC. Before joining LSC, she devoted her entire professional career to providing legal services to the indigent as an advocate with The Legal Aid Society of New York City, the oldest and largest legal aid organization in the country. For nearly three decades, she was involved in managing the Society’s multi-office Civil Division, which she headed from 1994 until the end of 2003, with responsibility for the overall management and supervision of all aspects of the operation and legal work of the Civil Division. The Division had approximately 240 employees consisting of approximately 125 attorneys, 60 paralegals, and 55 support staff. During Ms. Barnett’s tenure, the Civil Division grew into a nationally recognized provider of legal services, delivering high-quality civil legal assistance to more than 25,000 clients annually through a network of eight neighborhood-based offices and specialized citywide programs. Under Ms. Barnett’s watch, the division earned universal respect for its legal work, innovative projects, and adherence to the highest professional and ethical standards. Ms. Barnett developed and executed a disaster response plan to coordinate the delivery of critical legal assistance to New Yorkers in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, attacks.
Since her appointment as LSC President and now beginning her sixth year (which makes her the longest serving LSC President), Ms. Barnett has emphasized strategies to enhance the quality of legal services provided by LSC programs. These initiatives include revising LSC’s Performance Criteria, which deal with the effectiveness of targeting program resources, services, legal representation and governance; issuing a major report, "Documenting the Justice Gap in America," which provides compelling evidence of the current unmet civil legal needs of low-income Americans; instituting a Pilot Loan Repayment Assistance Program to help LSC programs recruit and retain high-quality lawyers; and developing a Pilot Leadership Mentoring Program to provide guidance to programs for developing a well-trained diverse corps of legal services leaders for the future.
Ms. Barnett initiated and organized LSC’s 30th anniversary celebration, a national meeting that brought together, for the first time, the Executive Directors of all LSC-funded programs in November 2004. In June 2008, she initiated and organized a second gathering of all of the Executive Directors at a conference focusing on the role of the Executive Director in confronting the justice gap and promoting quality in legal services programs.
In October 2004, Ms. Barnett was invited to give the Sherman J. Bellwood Lecture at the University of Idaho. She received the New York State Bar Association’s Gold Medal Award for Distinguished Service in the Law, the association’s highest award, in January 2005. She delivered the New York University School of Law commencement address in May 2005. She was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from Suffolk University in Boston in May 2006. She delivered a lecture at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service as part of its "Distinguished Lecture Series" in May 2007. She received the National Association of Women Lawyers Public Service Award in July 2008. She received the American Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division Fellows Award for Public Service in August 2008.
Ms. Barnett is the only legal services attorney to serve on the American Bar Association’s Board of Governors and Executive Committee, as well as on a number of other prominent local, state, and national commissions and committees. A frequent speaker at professional conferences and meetings, Ms. Barnett’s experience continues to be a valuable resource in the pursuit of equal access to justice.
Ms. Barnett received her bachelor of arts degree from Barnard College and her law degree from New York University School of Law.
Sr. Editor, Slate Magazine; Sr. Research Scholar in Law and Truman Capote Fellow for Creative Writing and Law, Yale Law School
Emily Bazelon is a senior editor at Slate and one of the founding editors of Double X, a new women’s web magazine that Slate will launch this spring. She edits Slate’s legal column and writes about law and family. She is also the Truman Capote Fellow for Creative Writing and Law at Yale Law School and a contributing writer at the New York Times Magazine. Before joining Slate, Ms. Bazelon worked as an editor and writer at Legal Affairs magazine and as a law clerk on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Her work has appeared in the The Atlantic, Mother Jones, the New York Times Book Review, and O: The Oprah Magazine, among other publications. She is a graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School.
Senior Research Associate in the Office of Research and Data, United States Sentencing Commission
Kevin Blackwell is a Senior Research Associate in the Office of Research and Data with the United States Sentencing Commission, and has been at the Commission for over 18 years. He has done extensive work at the Commission on such policy areas as immigration, violent crimes, and sex crimes against children, and served as the researcher for the Commission’s Native American Advisory Group. He also has been responsible for most of the Commission’s multi-variate analysis on disparity, including the analyses in the Commission’s reports, Fifteen Years of Guideline Sentencing (2004), and Final Report on the Impact of United States v. Booker on Federal Sentencing (2006). He also has had articles published in Criminology, The Federal Sentencing Reporter, and Criminal Justice Review. He currently serves on the Board of the National Association of Sentencing Commissions, and formerly served as the president of the organization. Mr. Blackwell also worked at the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing as a Graduate Assistant. He has degrees in Chemical Engineering and Sociology from Bucknell University and Pennsylvania State University.
Associate Professor and Director, Public Interest and Collective Justice Program, Universidad de Los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia
Daniel Bonilla is an associate professor of law at the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia. He received his J.S.D. and LL.M. from Yale Law School. His areas of academic interest include cultural diversity, human rights, theories of justice, and constitutional law. His recent publications include La Constitución Multicultural (2007), Hacia un Nuevo Derecho Constitucional (2006), and Cultural Diversity and Liberal Values (2003).
Visiting Assistant Professor, Albany Law School
Ray Brescia is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Albany Law School, having joined that faculty in 2007 after fifteen years in the provision of legal services to the poor through several different programs, including the Urban Justice Center in New York City (where he was the Associate Director), the Legal Aid Society of New York (where he was a Skadden Fellow) and New Haven Legal Assistance. He also served as Law Clerk to the Honorable Constance Baker Motley, Senior United States District Court Judge for the Southern District of New York. Mr. Brescia received his law degree from Yale, where he was a co-recipient of the Charles Albom Prize for Appellate Advocacy; a student director of several clinics, including the Allard K. Lowenstein International Human Rights Law Clinic and the Homelessness Clinic; and a Visiting Lecturer in Yale College.
Associate Research Scholar in Law and Robert M. Cover-Allard K. Lowenstein Fellow in International Human Rights, Yale Law School
Elizabeth Brundige is an Associate Research Scholar in Law and the Robert M. Cover-Allard K. Lowenstein Fellow in International Human Rights at Yale Law School, where she co-supervises the Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic and helps coordinate the human rights activities of the Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights. She is also a Lecturer at Yale University and teaches International Human Rights at Yale College. Before returning to Yale as the Cover-Lowenstein Fellow, she was an Associate Legal Officer at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in The Hague. Previously, she clerked for Judge Kermit V. Lipez of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and Justice S. Sandile Ngcobo of the Constitutional Court of South Africa. She has also worked for the International Association of Women Judges, as a Bernstein Fellow, on several programs designed to advance women’s human rights and address the legal and gender dimensions of HIV/AIDS. She received a B.A. from Yale College, an M.Phil. from Oxford University, and a J.D. from Yale Law School.
Senior Attorney, Natural Resources Defense Council
Dale Bryk is a Senior Attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), where she directs the organization’s state climate policy work. Her expertise is in the area of state energy and climate policy, including cap-and-trade design, utility regulation, energy efficiency and renewable energy programs, global warming pollution registries, green building, and smart growth. Prior to joining NRDC in 1997, she practiced corporate law at Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York. Since 2002, she has also taught the Environmental Law Clinic at Yale Law School. Ms. Bryk has a J.D. from Harvard Law School, a Master’s Degree in international law and policy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and a B.A from Colgate University.
Natural Resources Defense Council is a national, non-profit organization of scientists, lawyers and environmental specialists dedicated to protecting public health and the environment. Founded in 1970, NRDC has over 1.2 million activists and members nationwide, served from offices in New York, Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Beijing. More information is available through NRDC’s Web site at http://www.nrdc.org/.
The Honorable Guido Calabresi
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit; Sterling Professor Emeritus of Law and Professorial Lecturer in Law, Yale Law School
Judge Guido Calabresi was appointed United States Circuit Judge in July 1994, and entered into duty on September 16, 1994. Prior to his appointment, he was Dean and Sterling Professor at Yale Law School, where he began teaching in 1959, and is now Sterling Professor Emeritus and Professorial Lecturer in Law. Judge Calabresi received a B.S. degree, summa cum laude, from Yale College in 1953, a B.A. degree with First Class Honors from Magdalene College, Oxford University, in 1955, an LL.B. degree, magna cum laude, in 1958 from Yale Law School, and an M.A. in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University in 1959. A Rhodes Scholar and member of Phi Beta Kappa and Order of the Coif, Judge Calabresi served as the Note Editor of The Yale Law Journal, 1957-58, while graduating first in his law school class. Following graduation, Judge Calabresi clerked for Justice Hugo Black of the United States Supreme Court. He has been awarded some forty honorary degrees from universities in the United States and abroad, and is the author of four books and more than one hundred articles on law and related subjects.
Michael J. Churgin
Raybourne Thompson Centennial Professor, University of Texas at Austin School of Law
Michael J. Churgin is the Raybourne Thompson Centennial Professor in Law at the University of Texas, Austin. After graduating from Brown University in 1970, he attended Yale Law School, where he was an editor of The Yale Law Journal. Along with several law students, he helped organize the clinical program at Connecticut Valley Hospital (CVH), which initially was affiliated with Legal Aid of New Britain and then with the law school after Steve Wizner was hired. Professor Churgin served on the board of the Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization and was awarded the C. LaRue Munson prize for his clinical work. He expanded the CVH program to include the Whiting Forensic Institute, and brought several law reform cases involving social security and prison-to-mental hospital transfers in federal court, in addition to representing CVH residents at commitment hearings and in litigation. When Yale obtained funding from The Grant Foundation, Inc., in 1973, Yale asked Professor Churgin to serve as a supervising attorney and teaching fellow for two years. During this period, he agreed to handle the immigration docket at Danbury, which began the involvement of the clinic in this area of law. Along with Pierce O’Donnell and Denny Curtis, he co-authored Toward a Just and Effective Sentencing System, which was an outgrowth of Yale’s sentencing workshop. Professor Churgin joined the Texas faculty in 1975, was tenured in 1979, and was promoted to full professor in 1981. He has written in the mental health, immigration, and juvenile justice fields. In 2000, he was the Quatercentenary Visiting Fellow at Emmanuel College, Cambridge.
Liman Fellow 2008-09: CASA de Maryland, Silver Spring
Justin Cox graduated summa cum laude from Washington University in St. Louis in 2004 and from Yale Law School in 2008. Justin is spending his Liman Fellowship year at CASA de Maryland, where he is working on issues relating to immigration. He is helping localities develop immigration policies and assisting documented and undocumented individuals responding to local, state, and national immigration laws and practices. Following his fellowship, Mr. Cox will clerk for the Honorable Mark Kravitz in the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut and the Honorable Marsha Berzon of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Clinical Professor Emeritus of Law and Professorial Lecturer in Law, Yale Law School
Dennis Curtis is Clinical Professor Emeritus of Law and Professorial Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School, where he teaches courses on sentencing and professional responsibility. He also directs a clinical course in which students work with Connecticut’s State Disciplinary Counsel to prosecute lawyers who violate rules of professional conduct. Professor Curtis was one of the pioneers of clinical education in the early 1970s. He received his B.S. from the U.S. Naval Academy and his LL.B. from Yale Law School.
Clinical Professor of Law and Supervising Attorney, Yale Law School
Brett Dignam is Clinical Professor of Law and Supervising Attorney at Yale Law School. She has represented state and federal prisoners for more than twenty years. With her students, she has successfully assisted inmates in bringing a wide variety of claims, including medical claims, claims of sexual assault, felon disenfranchisement, challenges to sex offender classification, and cross-gender pat searches. The prison clinics she directs represent inmates in habeas, individual, and class actions and have brought successful claims in federal court under Bivens, Section 1983, the Voting Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Violence Against Women Act. She was also one of the faculty members who developed and taught the Yale Supreme Court Advocacy Clinic. Students in that clinic draft petitions, briefs and other pleadings in the United States Supreme Court. Professor Dignam serves on Connecticut’s Commission on Wrongful Convictions, as the Board Chair of both Junta for Progressive Action, Inc., and The Center for Children’s Advocacy, and is a co-chair of the ABA Criminal Justice Section’s Corrections Committee.
Robert D. Dinerstein
Professor of Law and Director of Clinical Programs, American University Washington College of Law
Robert D. Dinerstein is professor of law and director of the clinical program (1988-96 and 2008-present) and the law school’s Disability Rights Law Clinic (2005-present) at American University, Washington College of Law (WCL), where he has taught since 1983. He is a 1977 graduate of the Yale Law School, where he was a student co-director of the Connecticut Valley Hospital Project and winner of the Francis Wayland Prize. Prior to coming to WCL, he was an attorney for five years at the Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Special Litigation Section, where he litigated cases concerning conditions in state mental retardation, mental illness, nursing home, and juvenile institutions.
Professor Dinerstein is the author or co-author of a number of publications, and has made numerous presentations on clinical legal education and disability law, among other areas. With Stephen Ellmann, Isabelle Gunning, Kate Kruse, and Ann Shalleck, he is writing a textbook on interviewing and counseling, Lawyers and Clients: Critical Issues in Interviewing and Counseling (Thomson West, forthcoming 2009). He is a co-author and principal editor of the Report of the Committee on the Future of the In-House Clinic (Journal of Legal Education 1992), which is considered the authoritative source on, among other things, the pedagogical goals of in-house clinics.
Professor Dinerstein has been involved extensively at the national and international level in clinical and legal education activities, and serves on numerous boards of directors of public interest and community organizations. He currently is on the Council of the American Bar Association’s Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar. He has served as Chair of the AALS Section on Clinical Legal Education and the AALS Committee on Clinical Legal Education, and has been on numerous AALS clinical conference planning committees, including chairing the 2006 clinical conference in New York.
Francis X. Dineen
Clinical Visiting Lecturer in Law, Yale Law School; New Haven Legal Assistance
Francis X. Dineen is a Clinical Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School and one of the longest serving legal services lawyers in the country. He has worked at New Haven Legal Assistance since its founding and teaches and works with students in the Landlord/Tenant and Legal Assistance clinics at Yale Law School. Mr. Dineen is credited with literally reinventing landlord/tenant practice in CT. He has an A.B. from Dartmouth and an LL.B. from Yale Law School.
Associate Professor of Law, Wayne State University
Paul R. Dubinsky is associate professor of law at Wayne State University. He currently serves on the Executive Committee of the American branch of the International Law Association, on the Executive Editorial Board of the American Journal of Comparative Law, and on the U.S. Secretary of State’s Advisory Committee on Private International Law. He is also U.S. Reporter for the 2010 International Congress of Comparative Law. From 1996 to 1997, he was associate director of the Allard K. Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic and associate director of the Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights at Yale Law School.
Among the themes explored in Professor Dubinsky’s recent work is the extent to which domestic legal systems increasingly are under strain as they are pressed to adjudicate a range of international disputes for which they lack experience or the ideal design. Is Transnational Litigation a Distinct Field: The Persistence of Exceptionalism in American Procedural Law (Stanford Journal of International Law) demonstrates that courts in the United States reflexively turn to interstate frameworks as they attempt to adjudicate growing numbers of disputes that are transnational rather than interstate in scope. Human Rights Law Meets Private Law Harmonization: The Coming Conflict (Yale Journal of International Law) focuses on the extent to which human rights advocates seek to transform civil litigations systems around the world so as to make the law of civil jurisdiction and choice of law more responsive to the claims of victims of human rights atrocities. Justice for the Collective: The Limits of the Human Rights Class Action (Michigan Law Review) argues that existing American class action law is poorly suited to delivering the kind of collective remedies increasingly sought by human rights victims.
Professor Dubinsky is a graduate of Yale College, Harvard Law School, and the Universiteit Katholieke of Leuven, Belgium. From 1989 to 1990, he served as law clerk to Judge Jon O. Newman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Prior to joining the faculty of Wayne State University Law School in 2005, Professor Dubinsky was in private practice at Wilmer Cutler & Pickering and was a 1997-98 International Affairs Fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations. From 1998 to 2003, he participated in treaty negotiations (as a member of the U.S. delegation and as a representative of human rights NGOs) at the Hague Conference on Private International Law. These negotiations culminated in the Choice of Courts Convention recently signed by the United States.
E. Donald Elliott
Professor (adjunct) of Law, Yale Law School; Partner, Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, Washington, DC
E. Donald Elliott is Professor (adjunct) of Law, Yale Law School, where he has taught advanced civil procedure, administrative law, and environmental law since 1981. Professor Elliott is also chair of the world-wide environmental practice at the 600-lawyer international law firm, Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP and a partner in its DC office. Professor Elliott was Assistant Administrator and General Counsel, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (1989-1991) and held a chair as Julien and Virginia Cornell Professor of Environmental Law and Litigation, Yale Law School.
Professor Elliott is an expert on environmental law, with a special interest in improving the relationship between law and science. He is the author of over 50 articles in professional journals, and has lectured, written, and served as a consultant to the Federal Courts Study Committee, and to the Carnegie Commission for Law, Science and Government. He currently serves on the National Academy of Science Board of Toxicology and Environmental Studies, and on the boards of directors of the Center for Clean Air Policy and the Environmental Law Institute. In 1991, the National Law Journal named Professor Elliott as one of the U.S.’s top 25 environmental lawyers, and he was named as one of the top environmental lawyers worldwide by International Corporate Law. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Chambers, Who’s Who, Who’s Who in American Law and Who’s Who in the World.
Professor Elliott graduated with a B.A. (1970) summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Yale College, and a J.D. (1974) from Yale Law School. He was law clerk for Judge Gerhard Gesell of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, and for Chief Judge David Bazelon of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
Liman Fellow 2006-07; Ludwig Community Development Fellow and Clinical Lecturer in Law, Yale Law School
Sameera Fazili is currently the Ludwig Community Development Fellow and clinical lecturer at law at Yale Law School’s legal services clinic, where she helps run the Community Economic Development/Community Development Financial Institutions Clinic. Her current work is focused on the areas of economic development, inclusive finance, social performance measurement, and microfinance in both the domestic and international contexts. She has previously worked at ShoreBank, the largest community development bank in the US, as well as Karamah: Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights. Her experience in international human rights and development includes work at the World Health Organization and United Nations High Commission for Refugees. She is a graduate of both Harvard College and Yale Law School.
Clinical Professor of Law and Director, International Human Rights Law Clinic, UC Berkeley School of Law
Before joining the Boalt Hall faculty in 1998, Laurel Fletcher practiced complex civil litigation, including representing plaintiffs in employment discrimination class actions. Professor Fletcher is active in the areas of transitional justice and humanitarian law, as well as globalization and migration. As director of the International Human Rights Law Clinic, she utilizes an interdisciplinary, problem-based approach to human rights research, advocacy, and policy. She has conducted empirical studies of the human rights impacts of Hurricane Katrina and the 2004 tsunami, forced labor in the United States, forced migration from the Dominican Republic, and the relationship between justice, accountability, and reconciliation in Bosnia. The Fulbright Commission invited Professor Fletcher to lecture in Sri Lanka regarding her work on the provision of HIV treatment as a human rights obligation.
In November 2008, Professor Fletcher and co-author Eric Stover released "Guantanamo and Its Aftermath: U.S. Detention and Interrogation Practices and Their Impact on Former Detainees." The report presents the findings of a path-breaking, two-year study that involved interviews with 62 former detainees in nine countries to illuminate the experiences and perspectives for former detainees themselves, including the long-term impact of their treatment by the United States.
Professor Fletcher’s other publications include Latino Workers and Human Rights in the Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina (Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law 2007) (co-author); From Indifference to Engagement: Bystanders and International Criminal Justice (Michigan Journal of International Law 2005); After the Tsunami: Human Rights Vulnerabilities of Vulnerable Populations (2005) (co-author); and "A World Unto Itself? The Application of International Justice in the Former Yugoslavia," in My Neighbor, My Enemy: Justice and Community in the Aftermath of Mass Atrocity (co-author) (Eric Stover & Harvey Weinstein eds., Cambridge Univ. Press 2004).
Liman Fellow 2007-08; Associate, Morrison & Foerster
Leah Fletcher is an associate in the Litigation Department in the New York office of Morrison & Foerster LLP. She received her J.D. from Yale Law School in 2005, where she was managing editor of the Journal of Law and Feminism and senior editor for the Yale Law Journal. She received her B.A. in Social Studies from Harvard College. Ms. Fletcher was a law clerk to Justice Carlos Moreno, California Supreme Court (2006-07) and to the Honorable Jeremy Fogel, Northern District of California (2005-06). Following her clerkships, she was an Arthur Liman Public Interest Law Fellow for the Natural Resources Defense Council. She is author of Equal Treatment Under Patent Law: A Proposed Exception to the Side Bar (Texas Intellectual Property L.J. 2005).
Daniel J. Freed
Clinical Professor Emeritus of Law and Its Administration, Yale Law School
Daniel Freed was appointed Professor of Law and Its Administration in 1969 to launch Yale’s first clinical program to grant academic credit for supervised student work in real world settings.
Prior to teaching, his relevant background had two phases. In private practice in DC, he devoted substantial time with judges and others on pro bono matters addressing court and criminal justice reform. Then, in late 1959, he moved to the Department of Justice where he served throughout the administrations of Presidents Kennedy and Johnson.
Though initially recruited as an antitrust trial attorney, the Department assigned him to staff the Attorney General’s Allen Committee, created by Robert Kennedy to address the impact of poverty on the administration of federal justice. Its first recommendation – in 1962 – was for legislation to provide compensated counsel and expert assistance for indigent defendants. The Criminal Justice Act of 1964 followed. The second recommendation focused on bail reform, patterned after the Vera Foundation’s ROR initiative in New York City. Professor Freed and Herbert Sturz of Vera were asked to organize the National Conference on Bail and Criminal Justice. At the same time, Professor Freed and Patricia Wald co-authored Bail in the United States: 1964 to provide conferees a history of bail, analysis of its deficiencies, and illustrative programs to reduce the dependency of pretrial release on each accused’s ability to pay money bail. After the conference, Wald and Freed drafted legislation that eventually became the Bail Reform Act of 1966. These projects led Attorney General Kennedy to establish an Office of Criminal Justice in the Department; Professor Freed directed it from 1966 until his return to Yale.
In 1974-75, as an offshoot of the Law School’s Danbury Clinic, Professor Freed and Professor Denny Curtis organized a workshop — with students, judges and Justice Department officials - to explore Judge Marvin Frankel’s now famous "little book," Criminal Sentences: Law Without Order. Frankel targeted widespread sentence disparity and urged a guidelines commission. The workshop proposed detailed ideas for such a commission, including the abolition of parole. Congress eventually followed by passing the Sentencing Reform Act of 1984, and President Reagan appointed a commission in 1985. Unfortunately, its early guideline drafts imposed surprisingly severe constraints on judicial discretion, and drew widespread protests from judges and the bar and dismay among law school people who worked on the project a decade earlier.
Beginning in 1984, Professor Freed and his colleague Jay Pottenger inaugurated the first of a series of novel sentencing workshops – with judges and students – that have continued to this day. A brief outline of features of these workshops will be provided at the conference. Further background can be found in Daniel J. Freed, Federal Sentencing in the Wake of Guidelines: Unacceptable Limits on the Discretion of Sentencers, 101 YALE L.J. 1681 (1992).The Honorable Nancy Gertner
U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
Judge Nancy Gertner is a graduate of Barnard College (B.A. 1967) and Yale Law School (J.D. 1971) where she was an editor on The Yale Law Journal. She also received her M.A. in Political Science at Yale University. She has been profiled on a number of occasions both as a civil rights and criminal defense lawyer and as a judge in the Boston Globe, the Boston Herald, the ABA Journal, Boston Magazine, and The Wall Street Journal.
After more than two decades as an acclaimed criminal defense lawyer and civil rights activist, in April of l994 she was appointed by President William J. Clinton to the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. Both careers, as a lawyer and as a judge, have been honored by numerous organizations. On August 9, 2008, Judge Gertner received the Thurgood Marshall Award from the American Bar Association, Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities. She is the second woman to receive this Honor; Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was the first. In September 2008, Judge Gertner became a Leadership Council Member of the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW).
Since becoming a judge, Judge Gertner has traveled widely teaching women’s rights and human rights. She has been on the faculty of the American Bar Association – Central European and Eurasian Law Initiative (ABA - CEELI) and is now on its advisory board. She has taught judges from the former Soviet Union, including those from the Czech Republic, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia, and Central Asia (Tajikistan, Georgia, Uzbekistan, and Kyrgyzstan). In October of 1999, she was part of a delegation of lawyers and judges from the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law to Turkey, exploring human rights issues and issues concerning judicial independence. In July of 2001, and again in 2002, she participated in programs co-sponsored by the Ministry of Justice in Israel and Fordham University Law School. She has also worked with Yale Law School’s China Law Project and The Spangenberg Group and Wellesley Centers for Women traveling to China on several occasions, and to Vietnam, to participate in seminars co-organized with the Institute of Law of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and The All China Women’s Federation. In 2005 she traveled to Cambodia to train lawyers who were to appear before the War Crimes Tribunal dealing with the Khmer Rouge. Recently, she has been working with Chinese judges and scholars on sentencing reform. In 2008, she was part of a delegation to Liberia to address the reconstruction of their legal system after 14 years of civil war.
Academic Fellow and Lecturer in Law, Columbia Law School
Abbe Gluck is currently a visiting fellow and lecturer in law at Columbia Law School. Prior to arriving at Columbia, she served in senior staff positions in the Administrations of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine. From 2004-06, she served as Senior Counsel to the NYC Corporation Counsel, Deputy Counsel to the NYC Charter Revision Commission, and Chief of Staff and Counsel to the NYC Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services. In 2007, she was appointed by Governor Corzine to serve as the Senior Advisor and Special Counsel to the Attorney General, where she supervised the Divisions of Elections, Consumer Affairs, Charities and Affirmative Litigation, as well as all internet policy and multistate amicus and Supreme Court practice. Prior to her government work, Ms. Gluck clerked for then-Chief Judge Ralph K. Winter on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She also worked as a litigation associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, and spent a semester as Visiting Assistant Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School, where she continues to be an adjunct professor of Legislation and Statutory Interpretation. Ms. Gluck’s research interests are in the areas of Legislation and Statutory Interpretation, State and Local Government, State Courts and State Attorneys General, and the intersection of death, government, and law. Prior to law school, she worked as a reporter for the Baltimore Sun and speechwriter to U.S. Senator Paul S. Sarbanes. She received her B.A., summa cum laude, from Yale College (1996) and her J.D. from Yale Law School (2000).
Robin S. Golden
Selma M. Levine Clinical Lecturer in Law, Yale Law School
Since joining the clinical faculty as a lecturer in the fall of 2007, Ms. Golden has supervised students working on a wide range of community development projects including a comprehensive response to the mortgage foreclosure crisis in New Haven. In a forthcoming publication in the Albany Government Law Review, Ms. Golden examines this effort as a model for innovative clinical work. From 2003 to 2007, Ms. Golden was the Chief Operating Officer of the New Haven Board of Education, where she oversaw all operational departments of a public school district serving 21,000 students. A graduate of both Yale Law School (J.D., 1998) and Yale College (B.A., 1979), Ms. Golden clerked for Justice Richard Palmer of the Connecticut State Supreme Court following graduation from law school. After her clerkship, Ms. Golden was Deputy Director of the New Haven Housing Authority. Before entering law school, Ms. Golden had a career in non-profit fundraising and management, culminating in a successful capital campaign to build and endow the Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale. While in law school, Ms. Golden was among a group of students who wrote the successful charter application to create Amistad Academy, one of this country’s highest achieving schools serving low income children. Ms. Golden currently serves as the chair of the New Haven Advisory Committee for Teach for America.
Ryals & Breed, P.C.
Steven Gunn is a lawyer who practices American Indian law and civil rights law in St. Louis, Missouri. He has taught American Indian law and various clinical courses at Yale Law School and Washington University in St. Louis since 2001. He is a 1995 graduate of Yale Law School, a former Skadden Fellow, and a devoted supporter of Yale’s legal clinic.
Jean C. Han
Liman Fellow 2009-10: Ayuda, Inc., Washington DC; Sacks Clinical Fellow, Harvard Law School
Jean C. Han is a 2006 graduate of Yale Law School and holds a B.A., magna cum laude, from Harvard College. Currently, she is the Albert M. Sacks Clinical Teaching and Advocacy Fellow for the Immigration and Refugee Clinic at Harvard Law School. Prior to that, she worked at Williams & Connolly in Washington, DC. Ms. Han also serves on the Board of Advisors of the Esperanza Education Fund, a new immigration status-blind college scholarship for immigrant students in the District of Columbia, Virginia, and Maryland. While at Yale Law School, she was a student director for the Immigration Legal Services clinic. Ms. Han will spend her Liman Fellowship year working with Ayuda, a legal services provider for foreign-born residents of the Washington, D.C. area. At Ayuda, she will provide comprehensive legal services to immigrant victims of gang violence and human trafficking as they seek the protection of the United States government. In cooperation with immigration attorneys and advocates, she also will seek to develop legal theories that will allow immigrants subjected to persecution by gangs in their native countries to obtain asylum relief under federal law.
Liman Fellow 2008-09: National Center for Youth Law, Oakland
Zahra Hayat graduated from the LL.M. program at Yale Law School in 2008. She received her first law degree from the University of Oxford, where, as a Rhodes Scholar, she read for the B.A.
(Honors) in Jurisprudence. Ms. Hayat received her undergraduate degree in Computer Science from the Lahore University of Management Sciences in Pakistan. She is spending her fellowship year at the National Center for Youth Law in Oakland, California. There, she is helping children in foster care gain access to mental health services. She plans to combine legislative and litigation-based strategies to aid in reforming California’s county-based system of mental health care for foster children.
Professor of Law and Co-Director, Juvenile Justice Clinic, Georgetown Law School Visiting Professor of Law. New York University Law School
Professor Kristin Henning and her students represent youth charged with delinquency in DC Superior Court. Prior to joining the faculty at Georgetown, Professor Henning was a Stuart-Stiller Fellow in Georgetown’s Criminal and Juvenile Justice Clinics from 1995-97 and was an attorney at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia where she represented adults and juveniles and helped organize a Juvenile Unit designed to meet the multi-disciplinary needs of children in the juvenile justice system. Professor Henning served as Lead Attorney for the Juvenile Unit from 1998-2001.
Professor Henning has been active in local, regional and national juvenile justice reform, investigating the access to and quality of representation for juveniles in several states, serving on boards of organizations such as the Mid-Atlantic Juvenile Defender Center and the Center for Children’s Law and Policy, and consulting with government agencies such as the DC Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services, the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission, and the NY Department of Corrections. In 2005, Professor Henning was selected as a Fellow in the Emerging Leaders Program of the Duke University Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy and the Graduate School of Business at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Professor Henning also traveled to Liberia in 2006 and 2007 to aid the country in juvenile justice reform and was awarded the 2008 Shanara Gilbert Award by the Clinical Section of the Association of American Law Schools for her commitment to social justice on behalf of children and service to the cause of clinical legal education. Professor Henning writes and publishes in the area of criminal and juvenile justice exploring questions such as the role of counsel and parents in delinquency cases, confidentiality in juvenile courts, victims’ rights in juvenile court, and parental consent in the Fourth Amendment context. Professor Henning received her B.A. from Duke University and her J.D. from Yale Law School.
NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. Fellow; Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP
Dale Ho is the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) Fellow at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP. Prior to that, he was a law clerk to the Honorable Robert S. Smith, New York Court of Appeals, and to the Honorable Barbara S. Jones, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. He graduated from Yale Law School in 2005. While at Yale, Mr. Ho served as a member of the law school’s Immigration Legal Services Clinic, and as an intern at the ACLU’s Drug Law Reform Project and at the Housing Authority of New Haven. He is a co-author of The Current State of Residential Segregation and Housing Discrimination (Mich. J. of Race & L. Spring 2008), and Ready, Aim, Fire: District of Columbia v. Heller and Communities of Color (Harvard Blackletter L. J., forthcoming Spring 2009). Mr. Ho will begin the second phase of his Fellowship as Assistant Counsel at LDF this Fall.
Liman Fellow 2007-08; Supervising Attorney, Immigration Representation Project, New Jersey Legal Services
Raquiba Huq graduated from Princeton University in 2003 and Yale Law School in 2007. She spent her first year after graduating from law school as a Liman Fellow at Legal Services of New Jersey, focusing on outreach and direct representation related to gender-based immigration claims. She is currently the supervising attorney of the Immigration Representation Project at Legal Services of New Jersey, where she handles affirmative applications and removal defenses for both detained and nondetained immigrants.
Associate Professor of Law and Director, International Human Rights Law Clinic & Human Rights Program, University of Virginia School of Law
Deena Hurwitz directs the University of Virginia School of Law’s Human Rights Program and the International Human Rights Law Clinic. Her clinic works on a wide array of issues, including most recently the rights of indigenous peoples to education and non-discrimination in Suriname and Guatemala, comparative legislative analysis focusing on Iraq’s law reform process, military contractor liability, and reproductive rights. In the past several years, she has consulted with the Open Society Justice Initiative in Afghanistan and Lebanon on clinical legal education.
From 2000-03, she was the Robert M. Cover/Allard K. Lowenstein Fellow with the Schell Center and Lowenstein International Human Rights Law Clinic at Yale Law School. With a little help from friends like Steve Wizner, she published an article in the Yale Journal of International Law, "Lawyering for Justice and the Inevitability of International Human Rights Clinics." She spent 1997-99 in Bosnia and Herzegovina, first with the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe’s Human Rights branch, and then as director of Global Rights’ Bosnia program. Prior to that, she worked in Ramallah as executive administrator for a project involving human rights enforcement under a European Union-Israel trade agreement. She has worked with the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (Washington, DC), and as a consultant to Human Rights Watch, Women’s Division, and Global Rights, among others. She is the co-editor of International Human Rights Advocacy Law Stories (Foundation Press, 2009), for which she also wrote a chapter on "Universal Jurisdiction and the Dilemmas of International Criminal Justice: The Sabra and Shatila Case in Belgium." Professor Hurwitz has a J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law.
Equal Justice Works Fellow, Immigrants’ Rights Project, Public Counsel
Talia Inlender is an Equal Justice Works Fellow in the Immigrants’ Rights Project at Public Counsel. Her work focuses on providing and expanding access to legal services for detained immigrants in the Los Angeles area. Ms. Inlender is a former judicial clerk to the Honorable Stephen Reinhardt on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She was a student director of the Immigration Legal Services Clinic at Yale Law School and is the author of The Imperfect Legacy of Gomez v. I.N.S.: Using Social Perceptions to Adjudicate Social Group Claims (Geo. Immigr. L. J. Summer 2006) and "Status Quo or Sixth Ground?: Adjudicating Gender Asylum Claims," in Migrations and Mobilities: Gender, Citizenship, and Borders (Seyla Benhabib & Judith Resnik eds., forthcoming 2009). Ms. Inlender is a graduate of Wesleyan University (B.A. 2001) and Yale Law School (J.D. 2007).
Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Constitutional Law, Georgetown Law School
Upon graduation from law school, Professor Jackson served as a law clerk to Judge Murray Gurfein (U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit), Morris Lasker (U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York), and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. She teaches courses in constitutional law, comparative constitutional law, federal courts, the Supreme Court, and on gender-related subjects. She is co-author with Professor Mark Tushnet of a coursebook on Comparative Constitutional Law, and serves as an Articles Editor for I.Con, the International Journal of Constitutional Law. Her articles on federalism, sovereign immunity and the 11th Amendment, and gender equality have appeared in the Harvard Law Review, Yale Law Journal, Georgetown Law Review, and other scholarly journals. Her research interests also include comparative constitutional law, comparative federalism, and freedom of expression. She served as a Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Legal Counsel in the U.S. Department of Justice (2000-01); as a member of the D.C. Bar Board of Governors (1999-2002); as a co-chair of the Special Committee on Gender of the D.C. Circuit Task Force on Gender, Race and Ethnic Bias (1992-95), and a member of the D.C. Circuit Advisory Committee on Procedures (1992-98).
Liman Fellow 2004-05; ACLU National Prison Project, Washington, DC
Tom Jawetz is the Immigration Detention Staff Attorney for the National Prison Project of the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation. He works on a wide range of issues dealing with the conditions in which immigration detainees are housed and has co-counseled several lawsuits involving issues ranging from overcrowding to poor medical care. Prior to joining the ACLU, he worked in the Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project of the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs. He graduated from Yale Law School in 2003 and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Kimba M. Wood in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. In July, he will be joining Georgetown Law School’s Center for Applied Legal Studies as a clinical teaching fellow.
Liman Fellow 2008-09: Southern Migrant Legal Services, Nashville
Stacie Jonas is a 2007 graduate of Yale Law School. She holds a B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of Notre Dame. After law school, she clerked for the Honorable Keith P. Ellison of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. Ms. Jones is spending her Liman Fellowship year at Southern Migrant Legal Services (a project of Texas RioGrande Legal Aid) in Nashville, Tennessee. Her project seeks to improve wages and working conditions for migrant
farmworkers in six southern states. She is working to increase the availability and quality of legal representation and to foster collective, community-based action by strengthening a network of workers’ centers and advocates.
Pamela S. Karlan
Kenneth and Harle Montgomery Professor of Public Interest Law, Stanford Law School
Pamela S. Karlan is the Kenneth and Harle Montgomery Professor of Public Interest Law at Stanford Law School and the co-director of the Law School’s Supreme Court Litigation Clinic. The Clinic, the first of its kind, litigates cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, and has represented the parties in more than two dozen merits cases. Among the Clinic’s notable victories are Kennedy v. Louisiana, 128 S. Ct. 2641 (2008), rehearing denied at 129 S. Ct. 1 (2008), which struck down Louisiana’s death penalty for child rape; Spector v. Norwegian Cruise Line Ltd., 545 U.S. 119 (2005), which held that the Americans with Disabilities Act applied to foreign-flag cruise ships doing business in U.S. waters; and Rousey v. Jacoway, 544 U.S. 320 (2005), which held that debtors’ IRA accounts can be protected in bankruptcy. The Clinic has also represented a wide range of amici curiae—among them, the California Medical Association, the National School Boards Association, the NAACP, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the Paralyzed Veterans of America – in more than a dozen cases at both the certiorari and merits stages. Finally, the Clinic has represented numerous petitioners and respondents at the certiorari stage.
Professor Karlan’s primary scholarly interests lie in the areas of constitutional law and litigation, including voting rights, civil rights, and criminal procedure. She is the co-author of several leading casebooks, including Constitutional Law (6th ed. 2009), The Law of Democracy: Legal Structure of the Political Process (3d ed. 2007), and Civil Rights Actions: Enforcing the Constitution (2d ed. 2007). Her scholarly articles have appeared in the Columbia, Harvard, Michigan, University of Pennsylvania, Stanford, and Virginia Law Reviews, The Yale Law Journal and the Supreme Court Review, among others.
Professor Karlan has received the University of Virginia’s Outstanding Teaching Award, the Virginia State Council of Higher Education Outstanding Faculty Award, and Stanford Law School’s John Bingham Hurlbut Award for Excellence in Teaching. She is an elected member of the American Law Institute and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 1997, on the basis of her voting rights litigation work, the American Lawyer named her one of the "Public Sector 45"—a list of 45 young lawyers "actively using their law degrees to change lives."
Staff Attorney, Defender Association, Seattle
Anita Khandelwal is currently a staff attorney at The Defender Association in Seattle. She received her J.D. from Yale Law School in 2005. While in law school, Ms. Khandelwal was co-chair of collective of Women of Color, a founder and chair of the Yale Law Women Activism Committee, and participated in the Workers’ Rights Project. She also interned at the ACLU Drug Law Reform Project, the ACLU Reproductive Rights Project and the Economic Justice Project at the Brennan Center. Ms. Khandelwal was a Relman Civil Rights Fellow and clerked in the Third Circuit Court of Appeals and for Judge William Wayne Justice in the Western District of Texas. She graduated cum laude in Anthropology and History from Yale University in 1998, where she received the Edward Bouchet Undergraduate Research Fellowship and Paul Mellon Undergraduate Research Grant. She received her M.A. in Anthropology in 2002 from Columbia University.
Harold Hongju Koh
Dean and Gerard C. and Bernice Latrobe Smith Professor of International Law, Yale Law School
Harold Hongju Koh, Dean and Gerard C. and Bernice Latrobe Smith Professor of International Law at Yale Law School, served in the U.S. State Department from 1998 to 2001 as Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor. He has published eight (authored and co-authored) books and numerous articles on international law, foreign relations, and constitutional law: His The National Security Constitution: Sharing Power After the Iran-Contra Affair (Yale University Press, 1990) won the American Political Science Association’s award as the best book on the American Presidency in 1991. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and has been a Fellow of the Guggenheim Foundation and the Century Foundation, and has served on the Council of the American Law Institute, the Board of Overseers of Harvard University, the Board of Directors of the the American Arbitration Association, the National Democratic Institute and Human Rights First, and the Board of Trustees of the Brookings Institution. He has been recognized with the 2005 American Bar Association’s Louis B. Sohn Award and Columbia Law School’s 2003 Wolfgang Friedmann Award for his outstanding lifetime contributions to international law and has received ten honorary degrees, two law school medals, and more than twenty-five awards for his human rights work, which includes the representation of Haitian and Cuban refugees before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Assistant Professor of Law and Justicia Global y Derechos Humanos Clinic, Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia
Julieta Lemaitre is an assistant professor at Universidad de los Andes law school. She has an LL.B. from Universidad de los Andes (1995) as well as an M.A. from New York University (1998) and a J.S.D. from Harvard Law School (2007). She has won scholarships from Colfuturo, Harvard Law School, and Harvard-Los Andes Fund. Since 1997, she has collaborated with the Center for Reproductive Rights’ International Program in New York. She also supervises students doing clinical work at the Universidad de los Andes human rights clinic, Justicia Global (http://www.justiciaglobal.info). Her lines of research are women’s rights, sexual and reproductive rights, law and ideology, and violence against women. She is part of the research group on law and social transformation IDEAS and the gender and the law research group. Her publications include El Derecho Como Conjuro (forthcoming 2009) (translated as Legal Fetishism) and Cuerpo y Derecho (translated as Bodies on Trial) with Monica Roa and Luisa Cabal. She has also written several articles on social movements’ legal mobilization in Colombia, on the judicial protection of social and economic rights, the inclusion of feminism in legal education, the rights of same-sex couples, and domestic violence.
Lewis J. Liman
Partner, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
Lewis Liman’s practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, including securities class action lawsuits and white-collar defense matters. He frequently handles cases in Federal or state court or involving the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the U.S. Department of Justice, the New York Attorney General or industry self-regulatory organizations. Mr. Liman has tried numerous cases in federal district court and has handled appeals in state courts and in several federal courts.
Mr. Liman has been named one of the country’s Best Litigation Lawyers by Chambers USA; a Leading Lawyer in Commercial Litigation by "Best Lawyers in America"; Leading Lawyer in New York Securities Litigation and Criminal Defense White Collar by "Super Lawyers"; and a Leading Lawyer in Securities Litigation by "Legal 500". He is the co-chair of the Amicus Committee of the New York Council of Defense Lawyers and a member of the ABA. He is a member of the Task Force on The Role of Attorneys in Corporate Governance of The New York City Bar Association, a Trustee of the Federal Bar Council, and a Director of the Legal Aid Society.
Mr. Liman joined Cleary Gottlieb in 2003 as a partner. He received a J.D. from Yale Law School in 1987, an M.Sc. in Economics, with distinction, from the London School of Economics in 1983, and an undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from Harvard University in 1983.
Mr. Liman served as a law clerk to the Honorable Pierre N. Leval, of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, and to Justice John Paul Stevens of the U.S. Supreme Court. Mr. Liman worked for over five years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, during which time he was appointed Deputy Chief Appellate Attorney.
Professor, U.C. Hastings College of the Law
Professor Rory Little teaches Criminal Law and Procedure at Hastings College of the Law, University of California, in San Francisco. He previously served as an Associate Deputy Attorney General for the U.S. Department of Justice, as well as Chief of the U.S. Attorney’s Appellate Section in San Francisco and an Organized Crime Strike Force trial attorney. Prior to joining the government, Professor Little was a white collar criminal defense attorney, and he currently maintains an "Of Counsel" relationship with the law firm of McDermott Will & Emery, doing appellate and white collar criminal defense work. He graduated from Yale Law School in 1982, and served as law clerk to U.S. District Judge Louis Oberdorfer, and to U.S. Supreme Court Justices William J. Brennan, Jr., and Potter Stewart (ret.). In 1996-97, Professor Little served on Attorney General Janet Reno’s Capital Case Review Committee, reviewing potential federal death penalty cases from around the country and recommending whether or not to pursue the death penalty in particular cases. He has subsequently published a number of articles addressing capital punishment, particularly in the federal context.
Among his published works on the topic are The Federal Death Penalty: History and Some Thoughts About the Department of Justice’s Role (Fordham Urb. L.J. 1999); The Future of the Federal Death Penalty (Ohio N.U. L. Rev. 2000); and What Federal Prosecutors Really Think: The Puzzle of Statistical Race Disparity Versus Specific Guilt and the Specter of Timothy McVeigh (DePaul L. Rev. 2004). Professor Little is also co-author of Criminal Law: Cases and Materials (3rd ed., LexisNexis, 2008). In addition, the American Bar Association annually publishes Professor Little’s "Annual Review of the Supreme Court’s Term, Criminal Cases."
In addition to Criminal Law and Procedure, Constitutional Law, and Federal Criminal Law, Professor Little teaches and writes in the area of Legal Ethics. In Spring 2008, he was a Visiting Professor at the Law Department of the University of Leiden (Netherlands), teaching "Global Legal Ethics" and lecturing on wrongful conviction cases. He currently serves as Reporter and Co-Chair of the ABA’s Task Force on Revising the Criminal Justice Standards on the Prosecution and Defense Functions. He previously served as Vice-Chair of the ABA’s Task Force on the Role of the Prosecutor in the Investigative Stage; the ABA’s Criminal Justice Standards Committee; the ABA’s Standing Committee on Legal Ethics (civil and criminal); and the San Francisco Legal Ethics Committee (vice-chair). In June 2008, Professor Little was appointed by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit as an Independent Prosecutor in an attorney disciplinary matter. This appears to be the first such appointment of its kind in the Ninth Circuit.
In addition to his federal death penalty work, Professor Little has published articles addressing prosecutorial ethics, federal criminal jurisdiction, federal criminal sentencing, and Supreme Court jurisprudence. His current writings address the impact of wrongful conviction cases on the criminal justice system. See Little, Addressing the Evidentiary Sources of Wrongful Convictions: Categorical Exclusion of Evidence in Capital Statutes (forthcoming in the Southwestern Law Review). His articles have been cited by the United States Supreme Court, as well as other courts. He is a frequent lecturer and media commentator on criminal law and legal ethics topics, and occasionally serves as an expert on legal ethics and other criminal and constitutional law matters.
Clinical Professor of Law and Supervising Attorney, Yale Law School
Carroll Lucht is a Clinical Professor of Law and Supervising Attorney at Yale Law School. His subject areas are disability law, poverty law, and refugee and asylum law. He has worked with legal services organizations in Colorado, Nebraska, Georgia, and Iowa, where he was Clinical Professor of Law at the University of Iowa College of Law from 1981 until 1989, when he joined the Yale Law School faculty. He received a B.A. and a J.D. from the University of Nebraska and an M.S.W. from the University of Michigan.
Adjunct Professor of Law, Tel-Aviv University Faculty of Law; Israel’s first Chief Public Defender; Criminal Defense Attorney
Kenneth Mann is a graduate of the Law and Society Program at Berkeley, where he also received his law degree. Moving to Israel in 1973, he did empirical research at the Institute of Comparative Law, the Hebrew University, where he published, with Eliahu Harnon, "Plea Bargaining in Israel," a study of judges and prosecutors in the criminal process. In 1977, he joined the White Collar Crime Studies project at Yale Law School, under the leadership of Stanton Wheeler. His Ph.D. dissertation at Yale, Defending White Collar Crime: A Study of Lawyers at Work, was published by the Yale Press (1980). Continuing work on economic crime, he wrote Sentencing White Collar Offenders (Yale Press, 1988) (with Stan Wheeler and Austin Sarat) and Punitive Civil Sanctions: The Middleground Between Criminal and Civil Law (Yale L. J. 1992). Returning to Israel in 1981, he worked as a prosecutor in the financial crimes division of the State Prosecutor’s Office. In 1982, he became a full-time member of the Faculty of Law of Tel-Aviv University, teaching criminal procedure and evidence. He established the first law school student clinic in Israel. In 1990, Professor Mann was appointed Chair of the Institute of Criminal Law and Director of Clinical Legal Studies at the Tel-Aviv law faculty, while doing empirical research on unrepresented defendants in criminal trials. In 1994, he led students at the Clinical Program for Indigent Criminal Defendants in drafting legislation for the establishment of a public defender’s office. He was then appointed Chief Public Defender in the Ministry of Justice, and setup a nationwide public defender system that now represents more than half of all criminal defendants in Israel. In 2002, he left the Public Defender’s Office and the full-time law faculty for private practice, to concentrate on criminal defense and to setup a legal aid NGO (GISHA) with Ms. Sari Bashi (YLS ‘03) that focuses on human rights issues in Gaza. In 2007, the Bar Association of Israel awarded Professor Mann its annual prize for special contribution to law for his work on the right to representation.
Liman Fellow 2008-09: Community Services Administration, Office of the Mayor, City of New Haven
Deborah Marcuse graduated in 2008 from Yale Law School. She also holds a Ph.D. in Religion from Duke University and a B.A., cum laude, from Yale College. As a Liman Fellow, Ms. Marcuse is working with the City of New Haven’s Community Services Administration on a comprehensive initiative to assist formerly incarcerated individuals in successfully reintegrating into the community upon release from prison. She seeks to expand, create, and promote effective pre- and post-release reentry programs. Her work addresses areas of need including employment, housing, health care, and education, with the goal of promoting public-private collaborations to mitigate the many collateral consequences of incarceration for individuals, families and communities.
Staff Attorney, New Haven Legal Assistance Association
Amy Marx is a staff attorney in the housing unit at New Haven Legal Assistance Association. She has also practiced benefits and employment law at Connecticut Legal Services. Ms. Marx received her law degree from Yale in 2000, where she was inspired to pursue a career in legal services. After graduation, she clerked for the Honorable Kimba M. Wood at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. She graduated from Stanford with a B.A. in public policy and economics in 1994. From 1994-96, she studied in England as a Marshall Scholar, earning degrees in European Environmental Policy from the University of Kent and Applied Philosophy from the University of Lancaster.
Professor, University of New Mexico School of Law
Alfred Dennis Mathewson graduated from the Yale Law School in 1978. He joined the University of New Mexico law faculty in 1983 after working as a corporate, securities and banking lawyer in Denver. From 1997 through 2002, he was Associate Dean of Academics. His teaching and research focus on sports law, minority business enterprises and corporate governance. He frequently supervises in the Business and Tax Law Clinic and has served as Acting Director of the Clinical Law Program for the past three summers. His publications include Corporate and Commercial Lawyers ‘N the Hood (U. Ark. Little Rock L. Rev. 1999). His presentations include "Training Corporate and Commercial Lawyers for Underserved Communities" at the Sixth International Clinical Conference in 2005 and "Training a Cavalry of Transactional Lawyers for Underrepresented Communities" at "Who Owns America? IV" at the University of Wisconsin in 2004.
Professor Mathewson is a member of the American Bar Association and the American Law Institute. He is a member of the Judicial Education Advisory Committee for the Judicial Education Center at the UNM Institute for Public Law. He is also a member of the AALS Section on Law and Sports Law and currently chairs the UNM Faculty Senate Athletic Council. He currently serves as the president of the New Mexico Black Lawyers Association and is a member of the board of directors of Legal FACS, a nonprofit organization that provides social and civil legal services to families affected by domestic violence. He is also a volunteer on Restorative Justice Panels, a project in Albuquerque that helps to reintegrate women who have recently been released from prison into the community.
Liman Fellow 2008-09: Immigration Justice Project, San Diego
Allegra McLeod is a Liman Fellow at the Immigration Justice Project where she works to address problems confronting immigrants with criminal convictions. She provides direct representation, develops model materials for use by pro se immigrants as well as other lawyers, and participates in litigation aiming to respond to systemic rights violations. In addition, in cooperation with the Georgetown Institute for the Study of International Migration, Ms. McLeod contributes to policy-related research. She graduated from Yale Law School in 2006 and then clerked for the Honorable M. Margaret McKeown of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. During summers, she worked with the ACLU National Prison Project, Koob & Magoolaghan, a New York City civil rights firm, and the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU. Ms. McLeod received her B.A., magna cum laude, from Scripps College of the Claremont Consortium, and her Ph.D. in Modern Thought and Literature from Stanford University. Following her Liman Fellowship, she will be a post-doctoral fellow at the Center for Global Justice and Ethics in Society at Stanford University.
Legal Director, Innocence Project of Florida; Director, Vital Projects Fund
David Menschel is the part-time legal director of the Innocence Project of Florida in Tallahassee. He is also a director of the Vital Projects Fund, a charitable foundation in New York City. He received a B.A. from Princeton University and a J.D. from Yale Law School. He was a 2002-03 Liman Fellow. Before attending law school, he taught American history to high school students for five years.
Professor of Law, American University Washington College of Law
Elliott S. Milstein received his LL.M. from Yale in 1971, where he was a Ford Urban Law Fellow. Having been a clinical teacher at University of Connecticut prior to attending Yale, he spent much of his year at YLS hanging out with Steve Wizner and Denny Curtis in the clinic. He joined the faculty of the Washington College of Law of American University and founded its in-house clinic in 1972. He was its dean from 1988 to 1995 and was also interim president of the university from 1993 to 1994. He was President of the Association of American Law Schools in 2000, the first clinical teacher elected to that position. He has been a clinical teacher for nearly his whole career, and he has been a leader in the development of the concepts and methods that are the basis for in-house clinical education and has trained a substantial number of clinical teachers. Because of this he received the William Pincus Award from the AALS Section on Clinical Education. He currently teaches in the General Practice Clinic and facilitates a program to train new clinicians at the Washington College of Law.
Rachel F. Moran
Robert D. and Leslie-Kay Raven Professor of Law, UC Berkeley School of Law; Founding Faculty, UC Irvine School of Law; President, Association of American Law Schools
Rachel F. Moran is the Robert D. and Leslie-Kay Raven Professor at Berkeley Law School and a Founding Faculty member at the University of California, Irvine School of Law. She is currently serving as President of the Association of American Law Schools. At Berkeley, Professor Moran helped to found the Henderson Center for Social Justice, was Chair of the Chicano/Latino Policy Project (now the Center for Latino Policy Research) from 1993 to 1996, and served as Director of the Institute for the Study of Social Change from 2003 to 2008. Professor Moran writes extensively on civil rights and education law. She is author of Interracial Intimacy: The Regulation of Race and Romance (Chicago 2001), a co-author (with Mark G. Yudof, David L. Kirp, and Betsy Levin) of the fourth edition of Educational Policy and the Law (2002), and is co-author (with Devon G. Carbado) of Race Law Stories (2008). In 1995, she received a Distinguished Teaching Award from the Berkeley campus.
Staff Attorney, Prison Law Office, San Quentin
Sara Norman is a staff attorney at the Prison Law Office, a nonprofit that advocates for the human rights of youth and adults behind bars in California. She has been with the office for twelve years and specializes in representing prisoners with disabilities and incarcerated juveniles. She is counsel for the plaintiff class in Armstrong v. Schwarzenegger, a class action on behalf of tens of thousands of California prisoners and parolees with disabilities, and is plaintiff’s counsel in Farrell v. Cate, a taxpayer lawsuit that has forced sweeping reforms in California’s juvenile justice system. Along with Farrell co-counsel, she was awarded a California Lawyer of the Year Award by the State Bar Foundation in 2005. She was awarded the Pacific Juvenile Defender of the Year Award in 2006, and in 2008 was named one of the 75 top women litigators in California by the San Francisco and Los Angeles Daily Journals. She graduated from Harvard College in 1990 and Yale Law School in 1995 and clerked for Judge Robert Carter in the Southern District of New York.
Liman Fellow 2004-05; Senior Policy Fellow, Connecticut Voices for Children
Cyd Oppenheimer is a Senior Policy Fellow at Connecticut Voices for Children, where she focuses on issues related to childcare, early childhood education, and K-12 education. Before joining CT Voices, Ms. Oppenheimer worked at Sheehan & Reeve as a criminal defense attorney, and at The EdLaw Project, representing children in special education and disciplinary proceedings. She also served as a Teach For America corps member, teaching eighth grade English in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. She received her B.A. from Williams College and her J.D. from the Yale Law School, where she was awarded the Arthur Liman Public Interest Fellowship. She lives in New Haven with her husband, daughters, dog, and two cats.
Liman Fellow 2008-09: ACLU of Southern California, Los Angeles
Marisol Orihuela graduated magna cum laude from Boston College in 2003 and from Yale Law School in 2008. From 2003 to 2005, she worked as a paralegal and outreach worker for the Farmworker Unit of Georgia Legal Services. For her fellowship year, Ms. Orihuela has joined the ACLU of Southern California, where she is focusing on problems that detained immigrants face. She will develop litigation and an administrative and media advocacy campaign to address barriers to adequate legal representation, access to the courts, and medical care. Following her fellowship, she will clerk for the Honorable Rosemary Barkett of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.
Jean Koh Peters
Clinical Professor of Law and Supervising Attorney, Yale Law School
Jean Koh Peters is Clinical Professor of Law and Supervising Attorney at Yale Law School. Her subjects are advocacy for children and refugees. Her publications include Representing Children in Child Protective Proceedings: Ethical and Practical Dimensions. Professor Peters has an A.B. from Radcliffe and a J.D. from Harvard. She lectures widely on topics which include five habits of cross-cultural lawyering and dealing with vicarious traumatization. She is an avid quilter, homegrown musician, tennis player and yoga student, and the mother of two teenagers.
Founder and President of the Council on Legal Education for Professional Responsibility
William Pincus was an early advocate for modern clinical legal education and the founder and president of the Council on Legal Education for Professional Responsibility (CLEPR). CLEPR was created in 1968 and supported by the Ford Foundation. Often credited as one of the founders of the clinical legal education movement, Mr. Pincus has maintained that clinical experiences create student sensitivity to injustice in society. He also believes that clinical work accelerates the learning process for students and helps them to grow and mature. As the director of CLEPR, Mr. Pincus was responsible for the funding and establishment of law school clinics throughout the country. CLEPR spent ten years and more than $10 million working to support clinical programs. CLEPR’s mission was to establish law school clinics to train future leaders of the legal profession to be ethical and socially responsible lawyers.
J.L. Pottenger, Jr.
Nathan Baker Clinical Professor of Law and Supervising Attorney, Yale Law School
J. L. Pottenger, Jr., is the Nathan Baker Clinical Professor of Law and Supervising Attorney at Yale Law School. Professor Pottenger has supervised students in the Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization since 1980. His clinics have included housing and community development, legislative advocacy, prison legal services, special education, landlord/tenant law, and a professional responsibility practicum. Professor Pottenger received his A.B. from Princeton in Urban Affairs and his J.D. from Yale.
After clerking with federal district and circuit court judges, he practiced in the litigation department at the Paul, Weiss firm in New York City. During his nearly thirty years of teaching in Yale’s clinical program, he has also visited at Oxford’s Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, London University’s Institute of Advanced Legal Studies and Harvard Law School, among others.
Professor Pottenger has been engaged in the worldwide access to justice movement for over a decade. Working closely with the Ford Foundation, he has helped pioneer the development of clinical legal education in the People’s Republic of China. As a result of his—and many others’—work, the Committee of Chinese Clinical Legal Educators now boasts over seventy member law schools and institutions, and law school clinics have become an established part of the legal landscape in mainland China.
Professor Pottenger has been the Inns of Court Fellow (London), the Condon-Faulkner Distinguished Lecturer (University of Washington), and has received awards for his professional service from the Clinical Legal Education Association and the Association of American Law Schools. He and his students received the Elm-Ivy Award for their collaboration with the Greater Dwight Development Corporation. His professional and community service activities include membership on the boards of the Yale-China Association, Dwight Hall at Yale, Branford Interfaith Housing, New Haven Legal Assistance Association, Friends of Legal Services, The Connecticut Bar Association Ethics Committee, and the Branford Soccer Club.
Co-Director of Immigration Clinic and Lecturer, University of Arizona Rogers College of Law
Nina Rabin is Co-Director of the Immigration Clinic and Lecturer at the University of Arizona’s James E. Rogers College of Law. She is also Director of Border Research at the Southwest Institute for Research on Women, also at the University of Arizona. Her work focuses on the impact of immigration and border policies on women’s rights. She directs projects that provide direct legal services to low-wage immigrant women workers and women in immigration detention facilities. At the same time, her projects undertake policy research and advocacy that grow out of these direct services. Prior to her work in Arizona, Ms. Rabin clerked for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and practiced employment and immigration law in a civil rights law firm in California. She graduated from Yale Law School in 2003.
Arthur Liman Professor of Law
Judith Resnik is the Arthur Liman Professor of Law at Yale Law School, where she teaches about federalism, procedure, feminism, and local and global interventions to diminish inequalities and subordination. She is the founding director of the Liman Program at Yale, where she has also taught in its clinical program. In addition, she has taught clinical courses at NYU and at USC Law Schools.
Professor Resnik’s writings include Law as Affiliation: "Foreign" Law, Democratic Federalism, and the Sovereigntism of the Nation State (International Journal of Constitutional Law, 2008); Representing Justice: From Renaissance Iconography to Twenty-First Century Courthouses, (with Dennis E. Curtis) ( Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society, 2007); Law's Migration: American Exceptionalism, Silent Dialogues, and Federalism's Multiple Ports of Entry (the Yale Law Journal, 2006); Judicial Selection and Democratic Theory: Demand, Supply, and Life Tenure (in a symposium in Cardozo Law Review, 2005); and Trial as Error, Jurisdiction as Injury: Transforming the Meaning of Article III ( Harvard Law Review, 2000). Her book, Migrations and Mobilities: Gender, Borders, and Citizenship (co-edited with Seyla Benhabib), has recently been published by New York University Press.
Professor Resnik has chaired the Sections on Procedure, on Federal Courts, and on Women in Legal Education of the American Association of Law Schools. She is a Managerial Trustee of the International Association of Women Judges, and served as a co-chair of the Women’s Faculty Forum of Yale University. In 2001, she was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and in 2002, a member of the American Philosophical Society. She is a recipient of the Margaret Brent Award from the Commission on Women of the American Bar Association and in 2008, she received the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation Outstanding Scholar of the Year Award.
Professor Resnik is also an occasional litigator; she argued the case involving women’s admission to the Rotary Club before the United States Supreme Court. Professor Resnik has also testified before the Congress, before rulemaking committees of the federal judiciary, and before the House of Commons of Canada. Professor Resnik is a graduate of Bryn Mawr and NYU Law School, where she was a Hays Fellow.
Ernest W. McFarland Professor of Law, Stanford Law School
Deborah L. Rhode is one of the nation’s leading scholars in the fields of legal ethics and gender, law, and public policy. An author of 20 books, she is the most frequently cited scholar in legal ethics. She was the founding director of Stanford University’s Center on Ethics, and is currently the founding director of the law school’s Center on the Legal Profession.
Professor Rhode has served as President of the Association of American Law Schools, Chair of the American Bar Association Commission on Women and the Profession, Director of Stanford University’s Institute for Research on Women and Gender, and Special Counsel to the Judicial Committee of the House of Representatives during the Clinton impeachment proceedings. She is a regular columnist for the National Law Journal. Before joining the Stanford Law School faculty in 1979, she was a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.
Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein Clinical Professor in Human Rights, Columbia Law School
Peter Rosenblum is the Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein Clinical Professor and Faculty Co-Director of the Human Rights Institute at Columbia Law School. He came to Columbia from Harvard Law School, where he spent seven years with the Human Rights Program and launched the human rights clinic there. Before taking a full time university position, Professor Rosenblum worked with many of the major international human rights groups, including Human Rights Watch and Global Rights. He is a member of the Human Rights Watch Africa Division Advisory Committee, a consultant to The Carter Center, and serves on the boards of several NGOs. In the course of his career, he has conducted field research and worked with local human rights groups in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Much of his recent work has focused on the confluence of natural resources and human rights issues around the world, with special emphasis on Africa. His clinical work at Columbia allows him to engage students in all areas of the human rights movement while maintaining a concurrent, critical study of the movement. In the recent past, his team at Columbia has been involved in research and advocacy in Chad, Sao Tome, Liberia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Equatorial Guinea.
Professor of Law and Co-Director, Center for Professional Values and Practice, New York Law School; Faculty Fellow, Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics, Harvard University
Tanina Rostain received an MA in Philosophy from Yale University and a JD from Yale Law School, where she served as an Articles Editor on the Yale Law Journal. Upon graduation, she clerked for Ellen Ash Peters, Chief Justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court. After practicing law in a small trial firm, she taught in the University Connecticut School of Law’s Civil Clinic, focusing on discrimination in employment, education and housing cases. In 1996, she returned to Yale Law School as a Keck Fellow in Legal Ethics and Professional Culture. Her scholarship focuses on the empirical investigation of professional norms in corporate and tax practice. She is currently at work on a book that examines the role of tax professionals in the rise of the tax shelter market 1994-2004.
Director, Liman Public Interest Program and Lecturer in Law, Yale Law School
Sarah Russell joined Yale Law School in 2007 from the Federal Public Defender’s Office in New Haven where, as an Assistant Federal Defender, she represented indigent clients in federal court at the trial and appellate levels. Ms. Russell clerked for Chief Judge Michael B. Mukasey in the Southern District of New York and for Judge Chester J. Straub on the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. She earned her B.A., magna cum laude, from Yale College and her J.D. from Yale Law School. Her interests include the problems of access to justice, criminal procedure, sentencing, and gender and equality. She co-teaches the Prison Legal Services and Complex Federal Litigation clinics, and has co-convened Liman Public Interest Workshops on topics including detention, clinical education, and federalism and social movements.
Liman Fellow 1999-00; Co-Founder and Executive Director, All Our Kin, New Haven
Jessica Sager is the co-founder and executive director of All Our Kin, Inc., a nationally-recognized, New Haven-based nonprofit organization that trains, supports, and sustains community child care providers in order to ensure that all children and families have the foundation they need to succeed in school and in life. All Our Kin equips parents, relatives, and informal caregivers with the skills and resources to move out of poverty and open child care businesses in their communities; builds the capacity, quality, and viability of existing child care businesses, through individualized mentorship and support; and furnishes working parents with the resources to find and keep high-quality child care. All Our Kin’s work has been recognized by, among others, the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, Connecticut Voices for Children, and the federal Administration for Youth and Families. In addition to her work with All Our Kin, Ms. Sager is active in a number of private, local, and state initiatives to improve the quality of early childhood education. Ms. Sager received her B.A. from Barnard College and worked as an artist-in-the-schools in New York City before receiving her J.D from Yale Law School in 1999. Upon graduation, she was awarded both the Mary McCarthy and Liman Public Interest Fellowships. She founded All Our Kin with Janna Wagner in the fall of 1999.
Clinical Professor of Law, UC Berkeley School of Law
Jeff Selbin is a Clinical Professor of Law at Berkeley Law School. He serves as faculty director of the East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC), Berkeley’s community-based poverty law clinic. He founded EBCLC’s HIV/AIDS Law Project in 1990 as a Skadden Fellow, and served as EBCLC’s Executive Director from 2002 through 2006. In 2008, Professor Selbin chaired the Poverty Law Section of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS), and he currently co-chairs the Lawyering in the Public Interest (Bellow Scholar) Committee of the AALS Section on Clinical Legal Education. He is serving his second term as an elected member of the board of directors of the Clinical Legal Education Association. From 2004-06, Professor Selbin served on the California State Bar Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services, dedicated to improving and increasing access to justice for low-income Californians. In 2004, he was named a Wasserstein Fellow, honoring outstanding public interest lawyers, by the Harvard Law School. In 2003, he was recognized with Mary Louise Frampton as a Bellow Scholar by the AALS Clinical Section for his anti-poverty and access to justice efforts.
Professor Selbin’s research interests include anti-poverty and community lawyering with an emphasis on evidence-based approaches. Recent publications include From "The Art of War" to "Being Peace": Mindfulness and Community Lawyering in a Neoliberal Age, with Angela
The Honorable William K. Sessions III
Chief Judge, U.S. District Court, District of Vermont; Vice Chair, United States Sentencing Commission
Chief Judge William K. Sessions III has served as judge on the U.S. District Court for the District of Vermont since 1995 and as Commissioner and Vice Chair of the United States Sentencing Commission since 1999. He has been Chief Judge since 2002. From 2002-07, he belonged to the Judicial Branch Committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States and presently remains as a member of the Judicial Conference.
Chief Justice Sessions worked as an adjunct professor at Vermont Law School from 1978 until 1995 and worked for the Addison County Public Defender for four years. He received his B.A. from Middlebury College and his J.D. from the George Washington University Law School.
Dean, William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawaii
Dean Avi Soifer received his law degree from Yale Law School in 1972, where he served as editor of The Yale Law Journal and director of the Law School Film Society. He was also a director of the Legal Services Organization, and helped to found the C.V.H. Project, representing people in the state’s largest mental hospital. He clerked for Federal Judge Jon O. Newman in 1972-73. Dean Soifer began his law teaching career at the University of Connecticut, received a Law and Humanities Fellowship at Harvard University, and taught at Boston University for 13 years.
From 1993-98, he served as dean at Boston College Law School, where he continued to teach until 2003, when he became Dean of the William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawaii. He was given Boston College’s Distinguished Senior Research Award and was appointed as a Distinguished Scholar at the University of Wisconsin’s Legal Studies Institute. His book, Law and the Company We Keep (Harvard University Press, 1995), received the Alpha Sigma Nu Triennial National Jesuit Book Prize in professional studies. He teaches constitutional law, legal history, legal writing, and law and humanities, and he has an extensive record of scholarly publications and public service activities.
Clinical Professor of Law and Supervising Attorney and Director of Clinical Studies, Yale Law School
Robert Solomon is Clinical Professor of Law and Supervising Attorney as well as Director of Clinical Studies at Yale Law School, where he has taught since 1985. His subjects are poverty, and housing and community development. Among his publications are Building a Segregated City: How We All Worked Together and Ending Welfare Mythology As We Know It. From 1999 to 2002, he was the Director of the Housing Authority of the City of New Haven. Professor Solomon has a B.A. from Rutgers University and a J.D. from The George Washington University Law School.
Lafayette S. Foster Professor of Law, Yale Law School
Kate Stith is the Lafayette S. Foster Professor of Law at Yale Law School and has written widely on criminal sentencing law and procedure; her 1999 book Fear of Judging (with J.A. Cabranes) was awarded the Order of the Coif by the ABA. Her post-Booker articles have appeared in the Supreme Court Review, Stanford Law Review, Criminal Procedure Stories, the Federal Sentencing Reporter, and, last year, The Yale Law Journal. A graduate of Dartmouth College, the Kennedy School of Government, and Harvard Law School, Professor Stith clerked for Justice Byron White and served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York and as a Special Assistant in the Department of Justice in Washington. She is an Advisor to the American Law Institute’s project on sentencing reform and has been a member of the Advisory Committee on the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure (U.S. Judicial Conference) and of the Committee on Law and Justice (National Research Council).
George M. Jaffin Professor of Law and Social Responsibility, Columbia Law School
Susan Sturm is the George M. Jaffin Professor of Law and Social Responsibility at Columbia Law School, where her principal areas of teaching and research include institutional change, structural inequality in employment and higher education, employment discrimination, public law remedies, conflict resolution, and civil procedure. She is the director of the Center for Institutional and Social Change at Columbia, and a founding member of the Presidential Advisory Committee on Diversity Initiatives at Columbia. Her recent publications include: Negotiating Workplace Equality (2008); Conflict Resolution and Systemic Change (with Howard Gadlin, 2007); The Law School Matrix: Reforming Legal Education in a Culture of Competition and Conformity (with Lani Guinier, 2007); Courts as Catalysts: Rethinking the Role of the Judiciary in New Governance (with Joanne Scott, 2007); The Architecture of Inclusion: Advancing Workplace Equity in Higher Education (2006); Law’s Role in Addressing Complex Discrimination (2005); Equality and the Forms of Justice (2004); Lawyers and the Practice of Workplace Equity (2002); Second Generation Employment Discrimination: A Structural Approach (2001); and Who’s Qualified? (with Lani Guinier) (Beacon Press, 2001). "The Architecture of Inclusion" is the subject of the June 2007 issue of the Harvard Journal of Law and Gender. Susan also has developed a website with Lani Guinier, www.racetalks.org, on building multiracial learning communities. She is one of the architects of the national conference on The Future of Diversity and Opportunity in Higher Education. She is also the principal investigator for grants from the Ford Foundation, Harvard University, the Kirwan Institute, and University of Maryland, Baltimore County, awarded to develop the architecture of inclusion in higher education. In 2007, she received the Presidential Teaching Award for Outstanding Teaching at Columbia.
Liman Fellow 2008-09: ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project, New York
Michael Tan graduated from Yale Law School in 2008. He graduated magna cum laude with highest honors from Harvard College in 2001 and also received an M.A. in Comparative Literature from New York University in 2006. As a Liman Fellow, Mr. Tan is working with the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project in New York to respond to the problem of prolonged
and unnecessary detention of immigrants during the pendency of their removal proceedings. His multi-pronged advocacy strategy will include litigation, public education, and legislative support. When Mr. Tan was an undergraduate at Harvard College, he received a Summer Liman Fellowship, which supported his work at the Asian American Resource Workshop in Boston, Massachusetts. Following his fellowship, Mr. Tan will clerk for the Honorable M. Margaret McKeown of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Liman Fellow 2008-09: Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia, Washington, DC
Tianna Terry is a 2004 graduate of Stanford University and a 2008 graduate of Yale Law School. She is spending her Liman fellowship year working in the Family Law Unit of the
Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia. Her project focuses on reform of the DC child support system. Tianna is engaging in community outreach and education, casework, and advocacy to ensure that DC children receive the parental support that they need and deserve.
Liman Fellow 2005-06; NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund
Holly A. Thomas joined the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc., as a Liman Fellow in September 2005. She has worked with both LDF’s Criminal Justice Project, with a focus on juvenile life without parole sentencing, capital punishment, and indigent defense, and LDF’s Education Practice Group, with a focus on the school-to-prison pipeline, school desegregation, and voluntary integration. In 2008, LDF published "No Chance to Make it Right," a report authored by Ms. Thomas exploring juvenile life without parole sentencing in Mississippi, with a particular focus on racial disparities in such sentencing. Ms. Thomas’ current work focuses on issues surrounding school disciplinary policies and the school-to-prison pipeline as well as capital habeas appeals. Ms. Thomas received her law degree from Yale Law School in 2004, where she served as Co-Chair of the Collective of Women of Color in the Law and Co-Director of Yale Law School’s Capital Assistance Project. From 2004-05 she served as a law clerk to the Hon. Kim McLane Wardlaw of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Los Angeles.
Clinical Professor of Law Emerita, University of Wisconsin Law School
Louise G. Trubek is a Clinical Professor of Law Emerita and Faculty Affiliate, La Follette School of Public Affairs and School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Wisconsin. She received her LL.B. from the Yale Law School in 1960. She served for many years as Executive Director and Clinical Director at the Center for Public Representation in Madison, Wisconsin. Professor Trubek writes on health care law, regulatory reform, public interest lawyering, clinical legal education and poverty law. Recent publications include writing the Introduction and editing of a volume Globalizing Public Interest Law, forthcoming 2009 UCLA Journal of International Law and Foreign Affairs (with Scott Cummings), and Crossing Boundaries: Legal Education and the Challenge of the New Public Interest Law (Wis. L. Rev. 2005). She is also the co-editor of a symposium Health Care and New Governance: The Quest for Effective Regulation (Regulation and Governance Journal, March 2008). She is the co-editor with Julie Nice of the Poverty Law casebook, published by West Publishing.
Professor of Law, UC Berkeley School of Law
Charles Weisselberg is a law professor at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. He teaches criminal procedure, criminal law and other stuff, and is on the faculty board of the Berkeley Center for Criminal Justice. Professor Weisselberg previously practiced with a private firm, taught in the clinical program at the University of Chicago, and was a trial attorney with Federal Defenders of San Diego Inc. From 1987 to 1998, he taught at the University of Southern California, primarily in its post-conviction clinical program, alongside Dennis Curtis and others. He then moved to Berkeley, serving as the founding director of the Center for Clinical Education, the law school’s in-house clinical program, which he developed and administered from 1998 to 2006. Professor Weisselberg is a past chair of the Association of American Law Schools’ Section on Clinical Legal Education, and is active in legal education groups, bar associations, and criminal justice organizations. His current research focuses on criminal procedure, immigration law, and clinical legal education. Some of Professor Weisselberg’s most recent publications include Mourning Miranda (2008); Terror in the Courts: Beginning to Assess the Impact of Terrorism-Related Prosecutions on Domestic Criminal Law and Procedure in the USA (2008); and Building Clinical Legal Education Programs in a Country Without a Tradition of Graduate Professional Legal Education: Japanese Educational Reform As A Case Study (2006).
Clinical Professor, Yale Law School
Michael J. Wishnie is a Clinical Professor of Law at Yale Law School. Professor Wishnie’s teaching, scholarship, and law practice have focused on immigration, labor and employment, habeas corpus, civil rights, and administrative law. For years, Professor Wishnie and his students have represented grassroots organizations in a range of litigation, legislative, media, and community education matters. He is also a Non-Resident Fellow of the Migration Policy Institute and frequently handles cases as a cooperating attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union Immigrants’ Rights Project. He is a graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School and served as a law clerk to Judge H. Lee Sarokin of the U.S. District Court of New Jersey and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and to Justices Harry A. Blackmun and Stephen G. Breyer of the Supreme Court.
William O. Douglas Clinical Professor of Law and Supervising Attorney, Yale Law School
Stephen Wizner is the William O. Douglas Clinical Professor of Law. He has been on the Law School faculty since 1970. He also has a Special Appointment as the Sackler Professor of Law at Tel Aviv University, where he serves as consultant and advisor on clinical legal education. At Yale, Wizner has taught and supervised students in the Law School’s clinical program, and has taught non-clinical courses in Trial Practice, Evidence, and Ethics. Professor Wizner received his A.B. from Dartmouth College and a J.D. from the University of Chicago.