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Fiona Doherty ’99 to Join Law School Faculty in July as Clinical Associate Professor of Law

Fiona Doherty ’99 will join the Yale Law faculty on July 1, 2012, as a Clinical Associate Professor of Law. She has served as a Visiting Clinical Associate Professor of Law at Yale Law School since fall 2011, co-teaching the Criminal Defense Project and the Veterans Legal Services Clinic. Prior to that, she was the Arthur Liman Senior Fellow in Residence and co-taught the Liman Public Interest Workshop, “Accessing Justice and Rights—From Streets to Prisons.”

“Fiona is an outstanding clinical professor and lawyer,” said Dean Robert Post ’77. “She brings grace, clarity and conviction to her work and to her students. We are so very pleased that she will be joining our faculty.”

Professor Doherty graduated from the University of Virginia in 1996 with a B.A. in History and Slavic Languages and Literatures. She earned her J.D. in 1999 from Yale Law School, where she received the C. LaRue Munson Prize for excellence in the clinical program. Following Law School, she clerked for the Honorable Martha Craig Daughtrey on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

She then received a Bernstein Fellowship from Yale Law School to work with the Committee on the Administration of Justice (CAJ), a human rights organization in Belfast, Northern Ireland. There she assisted in CAJ’s legal cases before the European Court of Human Rights. She also helped in CAJ’s efforts to seek accountability for the murders of prominent defense lawyers during the conflict.

Following her fellowship, she was a senior associate and then senior counsel at the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights (now Human Rights First) in New York City. She was a member of the U.S. Law and Security Program, working to ensure that U.S. anti-terrorism measures incorporated human rights protections. She also served in the Human Rights Defenders Program, where she continued to work on issues involving Northern Ireland. From 2005 to 2011, she was an assistant federal defender with the Federal Defenders of New York, defending clients at all stages of criminal proceedings in the Southern District of New York.