The Arthur Liman Public Interest Program annually funds fellowships for Yale Law School graduates to spend a year working in the United States on public interest legal issues such as welfare rights, homelessness, racial profiling, indigent criminal defense, alternative sentencing courts, immigration, workers rights, and juvenile justice. Liman Fellows work on their public interest law projects for one year, beginning in the summer or fall after the fellowship is awarded. Fellows provide the Program with periodic progress reports, including a final report at the end of the fellowship year.

The Program provides each Fellow with an annual stipend of approximately $45,000. With rare exception, host organizations cover the cost of health and other benefits for the Fellow during the fellowship year. Host organizations must provide and arrange for malpractice insurance.

Interested organizations are encouraged to email Johanna Kalb regarding the possibility of sponsoring an applicant for a Liman Fellowship.

Liman Fellows

108 Liman Fellows: Welcoming the Incoming Liman Fellows, 2015-16

Since 1997, when the Liman Program was founded, 108 Yale Law School graduates have received Liman Fellowships. The Liman Program has awarded six new fellowships for 2015-16. Below, we provide brief overviews of the Incoming Liman Fellows 2015-16 and Current Liman Fellows 2014-15 projects.

Anna Arkin-Gallagher is helping the Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights to create a program to provide civil legal services to young people involved in the New Orleans juvenile justice system. Services include representation on issues related to education, school discipline, housing, and access to mental health services. Anna, who graduated from Yale College in 2004 and from Yale law School in 2009, worked in the Civil Action Practice of the Bronx Defenders. There, she provided comprehensive civil legal representations for clients in need of assistance with housing, employment, education, and civil rights.

Caitlin Bellis has joined  Public Counsel in Los Angeles, where she will divide her time between representing detained immigrants in deportation proceedings and working with a community coalition to establish a publicly-funded program providing counsel to detained immigrants in the Los Angeles area. Caitlin is a 2014 graduate of Yale Law School and a 2010 graduate of Reed College, where she studied Spanish and Anthropology. At law school, Caitlin was a participant in the Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic. Caitlin is currently clerking for the Honorable Richard A. Paez of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

At the Veterans Legal Clinic at the Legal Services Center and the Home Base program in Boston, Dana Montalto helps veterans gain access to treatments and benefits. One focus is on veterans who suffer from mental illness and other disabilities but are ineligible for benefits due to having discharges other than honorable. Dana graduated magna cum laude from Wellesley College in 2009 and from Yale Law School in 2013. She clerked for the Honorable F. Dennis Saylor IV of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

Jamelia Morgan is spending her fellowship year working with the ACLU’s National Prison Project on efforts to limit solitary confinement in American prisons. Through litigation, administrative advocacy, and community organizing, she is building awareness of the particular challenges facing prisoners with physical disabilities who are placed in solitary confinement. Jamelia graduated from Stanford University in 2006 and from Yale Law School in 2013; she was a member of both the Criminal Defense Clinic and the Detention and Human Rights Clinic. She is now clerking for the Honorable Richard W. Roberts of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Freya Pitts has joined Disability Rights Advocates in Berkeley, California, to work on behalf of young people with mental health and learning disabilities who are confined in California's county juvenile halls. Her focus is on expanding access to special education and related services and limiting the use of solitary confinement. Freya, a member of the Yale Law School Class of 2013, clerked for the Honorable Judith W. Rogers of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and is now working for the Honorable Jon S. Tigar of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. While in law school, she was a member of the Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic, the Immigration Legal Services Clinic, and the Advocacy for Children and Youth Clinic. She graduated summa cum laude from Yale College in 2008.

Ryan Sakoda is spending his fellowship year at the Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS) – Massachusetts’s public defender agency. At CPCS, he is helping individuals who have been convicted or have pending charges to keep or to obtain public and subsidized housing. Ryan provides direct services to clients and conducts empirical research on public housing policies. Ryan graduated from Yale Law School in 2012 and is a Ph.D. candidate in economics at Harvard; his research focuses on the empirical analysis of crime and criminal justice policy. Prior to law school, Ryan was a Fulbright Scholar at the London School of Economics and a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ukraine. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 2003.

Ruth Swift has joined the Community Law Office, the public defender in Birmingham, Alabama, to advise colleagues and defendants on the immigration consequences of criminal proceedings for those defendants who are not citizens. Ruth works with the Community Law Office to train defenders on the intersection of immigration and criminal law and to ensure that Alabama’s growing immigrant population is well served when brought into the criminal justice system. Ruth is a member of the Yale Law School class of 2015; she graduated from Hastings College in Nebraska in 2012. During law school, she has been an active member of the Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic.

Matthew Vogel is spending a second year at the Capital Defense Unit at Orleans Public Defenders in New Orleans, where he aims to strengthen and support capital public defense and capital reform in Louisiana. He aids capital public defenders to ensure that they have the tools they need to avoid potential capital indictments, or to resolve those charges without trials and to assist in litigating the many issues that arise if cases do go to trial. A 2013 graduate of Yale Law School, where he was active in the Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic, Matt clerked for the Honorable Keith P. Ellison of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. Prior to law school, Matt, a 2001 graduate of Harvard College, served homeless people at New York City’s Catholic Worker.

Adrien A. Weibgen is continuing for a second year at the Urban Justice Center in New York City, where she helped to launch a land use practice so that low-income communities of color are represented in negotiations with developers about local real estate projects. Adrien is a member of the Yale Law School class of 2014 and graduated from Wesleyan University in 2005. In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Adrien co-founded People’s Relief, a grassroots canvassing effort in Coney Island that assisted thousands of elderly and disabled people trapped in high-rise buildings.

Molly Weston is spending her second fellowship year at A Better Balance in New York City. She assists low-income workers enforce the Earned Sick Time Act and Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, a municipal law enacted in 2013 that requires employers of more than 15 workers to provide paid family and sick leave. Molly, a member of the Yale Law School class of 2013,  clerked for the Honorable Thomas L. Ambro of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Wilmington, DE. She graduated with High Honors in Political Science from Swarthmore College in 2010, where she was a Lang Opportunity Scholar.

Mary Yanik joined the New Orleans Workers' Center for Racial Justice to provide legal support for an array of problems facing guest workers in the Gulf Coast. One focus of her work is on administrative advocacy, civil litigation, and immigration defense to protect workers who face retaliation for reporting workplace violations. Mary graduated from Yale Law School in 2014, where she participated in the Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic. Before law school, she was an organizer for United Students Against Sweatshops. She attended the University of Maryland and graduated in 2011. Mary is currently clerking for Judge David F. Hamilton on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

This document provides short updates on past Liman fellows and the work they are doing now, including a breakdown by sector of employment.

Liman Fellows: Nineteen Years of Fellowship
1997 — 2015


Anna Arkin-Gallagher, Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights, New Orleans, LA
Josh Bendor, ACLU of Arizona, Phoenix, AZ
Emily Gerrick, Texas Fair Defense Project, Austin, TX
Dana Montalto, Veterans Legal Clinic, Jamaica Plain, MA
Matthew Vogel, Orleans Public Defenders, New Orleans, LA 
Jessica Vosburgh, National Day Laborer Organizing Network, Birmingham, AL 
Adrien A. Weibgen, Urban Justice Center, New York, NY
Molly Weston, A Better Balance, New York, NY 

Spencer Amdur, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, San Francisco, CA
Alyssa Briody, Juvenile Regional Services, New Orleans, LA
Burke Butler, Texas Civil Rights Project, Austin, TX
Katie Chamblee, Southern Center for Human Rights, Atlanta, GA
Jeremy Kaplan-Lyman, Bronx Defenders, NY
Caitlin Mitchell, Youth, Rights & Justice, Portland, OR
Ivy Wang, Southeast Louisiana Legal Services, New Orleans, LA
Alyssa Work, Bronx Freedom Fund, NY


Chesa Boudin, San Francisco Public Defender's Office, CA
Forrest Dunbar, Alaska Office of Public Advocacy, AK
Romy Ganschow, Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A, NY
Edward McCarthy, Connecticut Office of the Public Defender, CT
Yaman Salahi, ACLU of Southern California, CA
Rebecca Scholtz, Legal Aid Society of Minneapolis, MN
Sirine Shebaya, ACLU of Maryland, MD
Olivia Sinaiko, Southeast Alaska Conservation Council, MK
Jenny Zhao, ACLU of Northern California, CA

Robert Braun, Southeast Louisiana Legal Services, New Orleans, LA
Isabel Bussarakum, The Defender Association, Seattle, WA
Elizabeth Compa, Southern Center for Human Rights, Atlanta, GA
Daniel E. Mulkoff, New York Civil Liberties Union, New York, NY
Diala Shamas, Creating Law Enforcement Accountability, Flushing, NY
Emily Washington, Louisiana Capital Assistance Center, LA
Seth Wayne, Orleans Public Defenders, New Orleans, LA

Seth Atkinson, Natural Resources Defense Council, Washington, DC
Ady Barkan, Make the Road New York, Brooklyn, NY
Monica Bell, Legal Aid Society, DC
Lindsay Nash, Cardozo Immigration Clinic, New York, NY
Megan Quattlebaum, Neighborhood Legal Services Association, Pittsburgh, PA
Elizabeth Guild Simpson, Southern Coalition for Social Justice Durham, NC
Adrienna Wong, ACLU of Texas, Austin, TX

Alicia Bannon, Brennan Center for Justice, NY
Josh Berman, Natural Resources Defense Council, Chicago, IL
Rebecca Engel, Bronx Defenders, NY
Jean C. Han , Ayuda, Washington, DC
Kathy Hunt Muse, New York Civil Liberties Union, NY
Sonia Kumar, ACLU of Maryland, MD
Margot Mendelson, University of Arizona, Tuscon; Migration Policy Institute, Washington, DC
Kirill Penteshin, UNITE HERE Local 11, Los Angeles, CA
Benjamin Plener, Orleans Public Defenders, New Orlean, LA
Vasudha Talla, Sanctuary for Families, NY

Justin Cox, CASA of Maryland, Silver Spring, MD
Zahra Hayat, National Center for Youth Law, Oakland, CA
Stacie Jonas, Southern Migrant Legal Services, Nashville, TN
Deborah Marcuse, Office of the Mayor, New Haven, CT
Allegra McLeod, Immigration Justice Project, San Diego, CA
Marisol Orihuela, ACLU of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
Michael Tan, ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project, New York, NY
Tianna Terry, Legal Aid Society, DC

Stephanie Biedermann, Disability Rights Advocates, Berkeley, CA
Jamie Dycus, ACLU Racial Justice Program, NY
Leah Fletcher, Natural Resources Defense Council, San Francisco, CA
Dan Freeman, NY Civil Liberties Union, New York, NY
Raquiba Huq, Legal Services of New Jersey, Edison, NJ
Michael Kavey, Lambda Legal Defense & Education Fund, New York, NY
Sia Sanneh, Legal Action Center, New York, NY

Alice Clapman, ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project, New York, NY
Sameera Fazili, Northern Initiatives, Chicago, IL
Paige Herwig, National Women’s Law Center, Washington, DC
Anna Rich, National Senior Citizens’ Law Office, Oakland, CA
Larry Schwartztol, Brennan Center for Justice, New York
Marc Silverman, Advocates for Children, New York, NY
Charisa Smith (’05), JustChildren, Richmond, VA

Jorge Baron, New Haven Legal Assistance Association, New Haven, CT
Kim Pattillo Brownson, ACLU of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
Eliza Leighton, CASA of Maryland, Silver Spring, MD
Holly Thomas, NAACP Legal Defense Fund, NY
Sofia Yakren, Urban Justice Center, NY

Joshua Civin, NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Washington, DC
Cyd Fremmer, EdLaw Project, Boston, MA
Robert Hoo, Legal Services of Northern California, Sacramento, CA
Tom Jawetz, Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, DC
Lisa Powell, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, Seattle, WA

Adam Grumbach, Legal Aid Society OF New York, NY
Kristen Jackson, Public Counsel Law Center, Los Angeles, CA
Grace Meng, Asian Law Caucus, San Francisco, CA
McGregor Smyth, Bronx Defenders, NY

Tania Galloni, Migrant Farmworker Justice Project, FL
Andrea Marsh, Texas Rural Legal Aid, Austin, TX
David Menschel, Innocence Project, Cardozo School of Law, NY
Amy Meselson, Legal Aid Society of New York, NY

Susan Hazeldean, Urban Justice Center, New York, NY
Serena Hoy, Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition, Washington, DC
Joseph Luby, Public Interest Litigation Clinic, Missouri, MO

Marjorie Allard, Alaska Public Defender Agency, Anchorage, AK
Rebecca Bernhardt, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of Texas, San Antonio, TX
Kenneth Sugarman, ACLU of Northern California, San Francisco, CA

Paula Gaber, Western Center on Law & Poverty, Los Angeles, CA
Juliet McKenna, Lawyers for Children America, Washington, DC
Jessica Sager, All Our Kin, New Haven, CT

Lisa Daugaard, Seattle Defender Association, WA
Julia Greenfield, The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, San Francisco, CA
Douglas Stevick, Texas Rural Legal Aid, San Antonio, TX

Alison Hirschel, Arthur Liman Project on Advocacy for the Institutionalized Elderly, Ann Arbor, MI