LAPA selects 2019 Liman Fellows

Five undergraduates selected as Arthur Liman Fellows in Public Interest Law

The Princeton University Program in Law and Public Affairs (LAPA) selected five undergraduates as 2019 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 based upon their demonstrated 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 March 28-29, 2019.  There they will meet public interest advocates, legal scholars, government officials and the Liman Fellows from other schools participating in the program.

The 2019 Liman Fellows, comprising the 14th annual class at Princeton University are:

Amanda Eisenhour '21 is from Alexandria, Virginia, concentrating in African American Studies and pursuing a certificate in Latin American Studies. Amanda’s research focuses on comparative analysis of the relationship between race and state violence across both Latin America and the U.S. As a co-president of Students for Prison Education and Reform (SPEAR), Amanda works to lift the voices of those directly affected by the carceral state and empower students to imagine and work towards a world without prisons. Amanda previously rebuilt the Ban the Box campaign on Princeton’s campus, fighting against the stigma and institutional barriers formerly incarcerated people face long after their sentence is completed. She also facilitates classes on resume building and interview skills with currently incarcerated people with Princeton Re-Entry and Employment Preparation (PREP). In 2018, she interned in Mexico City with the anti-carceral gender-based violence prevention non-profit GENDES. As a Liman fellow, Amanda hopes to secure a placement that will enable her to examine how impact litigation can help dismantle the systemic injustices in our legal system.


Kat Powell '20 is from Chicago, IL concentrating in African American Studies, with a focus on Global Race and Ethnicity. She is also pursuing certificates in Latin American Studies, Humanistic Studies, and Creative Writing. Academically, Kat is intrigued by the experiences and social, cultural, and political paths to liberation for Black women across the Diaspora. At Princeton, she is involved in a number of organizations, including Princeton University Mentorship Program, Princeton Association of Black Women, El Centro, and also works as an intern at the Fields Center for Equality and Cultural Understanding. Her past public service has revolved around educational inequality for under-resourced, high-achieving students. Her experience includes conducting a research project to study urban education in Washington, D.C., coordinating the Princeton Summer Journalism Program (2017), and teaching for Breakthrough Collaborative in Miami (2018). She will use the Liman Fellowship to examine how law affects survivors of domestic violence and incarcerated women and their families.   


Peter Schmidt '20 is a native of Clayton, Missouri concentrating in the Spanish and Portuguese department and seeking a certificate in Environmental Studies. In the summer after his freshman year, Peter traveled through the Paul E. Sigmund Scholars program to Bolivia, where he researched the effects of global demand on the quinoa industry of the Andean plateau. Last summer, he worked as a Streicker Fellow for the World Wildlife Fund in Ecuador, where he helped develop a Markets and Bioeconomy Program. Peter is interested in the relationship between climate change and post-colonial legacies, and he hopes to use his experience as a Liman fellow to learn how to address environmental problems in a socially just manner.


Audrey Spensley '20 is from Avon Lake, Ohio, concentrating in history and pursuing certificates in Spanish and American Studies. She is interested in American legal history and the history of human rights. Last summer, she interned at the Center for Alternative Sentencing and Employment Services (CASES) as a Guggenheim Fellow in Criminal Justice. On campus, she is a co-Editor-in-Chief for the Nassau Literary Review, where she is working to organize a conference on the theme of arts and resistance. She is also involved with the Pace Center, Students for Prison Education and Reform (SPEAR), and Orange Key tours. As a Liman Fellow, she will intern in the Consumer Advocacy and Response Division of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office.


Leila Ullmann '21 is from San Jose, California and is intending to concentrate in either history or politics, with certificates in African American Studies and, possibly, dance. Leila spent her previous summer as a legal intern with UnCommon Law, an NGO in Oakland that represents and fights for those sentenced to life sentences in California. She saw how law can be used as a tool to advocate and fight for people. Previously, she engaged in research on pregnancy in the county jail system for her County Supervisor, served as a public policy intern for Planned Parenthood, and interned at Guria, an anti-human trafficking organization in India. Her work has inspired her to learn more about the use of law as a way of furthering efforts towards fighting injustice. On campus, Leila is currently working as a legal assistant to a local public defender, is the head of the campaign voting rights as part of Students for Prison Education and Reform (SPEAR), and volunteers as a tutor in a local prison with Petey Greene. With the Liman Fellowship, Leila seeks to explore how law can serve the public’s interest and inform her goals of activism and advocacy. 

For more information on the Princeton Liman Fellowship and previous years’ recipients, see http://lapa.princeton.edu/liman-fellowships.