LAPA selects 2017 Liman Fellows

Five undergraduates selected as Arthur Liman Fellows in Public Interest Law

The Princeton University Program in Law and Public Affairs (LAPA) has named five undergraduates as 2017 Arthur Liman Fellows in Public Interest Law.  The fellowship will enable them to spend eight to ten weeks during the upcoming summer in an internship serving the needs of people and causes that might otherwise go unrepresented.  The summer stipends are made possible by a generous donation from the Liman Foundation at the direction of Princeton alumna Emily Liman '85.

Liman Fellows are selected through a competitive application process in which they must demonstrate their commitment to public service through past and current activities.  The students will begin their fellowship experience by participating in the Annual Liman Public Interest Law Colloquium at Yale Law School on April 6-7.  There they will meet public interest advocates, legal scholars, government officials and the Liman Fellows from other schools participating in the program.

The 2017 Liman Fellows are:

Kabbas Azhar is a concentrator in politics and pursuing a certificate in Values and Public Life.  On campus, he is currently the Conference Chair of Students for Prison Education and Reform (SPEAR); Vice President of the Global Development Network (GDN); and treasurer for 2D, a vegetarian coop. He is from Belleville, New Jersey and his interests include international law and human rights, more specifically transitional justice and adherence to human rights standards. His prior public service projects include working with mentally handicapped children in Senegal through Princeton’s Bridge Year program; tutoring inmates in correctional facilities through the Petey Greene program; working at various refugee camps in Greece. He seeks to advocate for a more just and equitable international system.


Joy Dartey is a sociology major and pursuing certificates in African Studies and African American Studies. She comes from Philadelphia, and her interests focus on helping underserved communities transcend institutional barriers and gain access to a quality education.  She describes her motivation for public service: “My own involvement in a program that breaks down obstacles that have historically excluded low income, first generation-to college students from achieving academic success is what fuels this passion. Throughout my time at Princeton, I have been actively involved with the Princeton University Preparatory Program, an academic and cultural enrichment program that offers guidance and support to high achieving, low income students from local districts.”  Joy spent the last summer working as an Operations Lead Intern for Springboard Collaborative, a non-profit organization that closes the reading achievement gap between low-income students and their higher-income peers through summer and afterschool programs for elementary and middle schoolers.  On campus, her service activities include working with the Scholars Institute Fellows Program and Princeton’s Community Based-Learning Initiative, and serving as a Peer Career Adviser. She seeks to use her Liman Fellowship placement to gain more experience and insight into education law and policy.  


Steven Mateo Gomez is considering a major in history and pursuing a certificate in Spanish Language and Culture. He is from Queens, New York. On campus, he serves as the Treasurer for the Butler College Council, where he coordinates fundraisers and community events with the council’s subcommittees.  He is also a member of the Undergraduate Student Government Service Committee, where he is tasked with creating community service opportunities for the Class of 2019. Prior to attending Princeton University, Steven interned for the Civil Court of New York under Judge David B. Cohen, as part of a Supreme Court affiliated program. Last summer, he studied at the University of Maine School of Law, where he deepened his understanding of the legal system and developed a passion for human rights law. As a Liman Fellow, he is looking to intern at the Asociación Civil por la lgualdad y la Justicia in Buenos Aires, Argentina.


Alice Mar-Abe is a concentrator in American Politics and is pursuing a certificate in African American Studies. She is a native of Seattle, Washington. Alice has been active in politics and public service since high school, interning with the Seattle City Council and spending a summer as assistant to the Washington State Director of Obama for America, and subsequently as a Field Organizer for Organizing for America (OFA). Since coming to Princeton, Alice has engaged with issues related to mass incarceration and criminal justice. She serves as co-president of Students for Prison Education and Reform (SPEAR), guiding its advocacy and research efforts and leading meetings. Alice spent last summer in Newark working at the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice (NJISJ) as a Guggenheim Fellow, and last fall she co-led a student Breakout trip to New York City on the topic of “Gender and Health: Navigating the Healthcare System as Transgender” through the Pace Center for Civic Engagement. Her extracurricular activities on campus have included membership on the rugby team and in the Princeton University Jazz Ensemble as its pianist.  She periodically plays with the University’s Jazz Vocal Collective. Alice is seeking to use her Liman Fellowship to gain critical experience in social justice and civil rights law.


Jessica Quinter is a concentrator in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, with a focus in Race, Ethnicity, and Discrimination, and is pursuing a certificate in Values and Public Life.  On campus, Jessica is Founder and President of Princeton Students for Reproductive Justice, a new student organization dedicated to reproductive and sexual health education, sex positivity, and pro-choice politics. Under her leadership the organization has sought to reform University Health Service policies as well as to partner with other groups to advocate and educate safe sex practices.    Jessica also serves as Executive Director of Fuzzy Dice Improv Comedy; works as a Research Assistant in the Politics Department; and serves as a Research Assistant at the Princeton Baby Lab.  In the past, Jessica interned in the Government Affairs Department at the Human Rights Campaign and on the Women’s Initiative Team at the Center for American Progress.  She plans to use her Liman Fellowship to intern on the policy team of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service.