LAPA selects 2020 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 2020 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 April 2-3, 2020.  There they will meet public interest advocates, legal scholars, government officials and the Liman Fellows from other schools participating in the program.


The 2020 Liman Fellows, comprising the 15th annual class at Princeton University are:


Daniela Alvarez '21 was born in Cuba and raised in Miami, Florida. She’s concentrating in the Spanish and Portuguese department and pursuing certificates in Latin American studies and journalism. Daniela’s academic and extracurricular work has been guided by her dedication to community advocacy and learning about policymaking and legal systems, particularly as it relates to immigration. In summer 2019, she interned at a migrant shelter in Oaxaca, Mexico, assisting with daily functions and coordinating one-on-sessions on seeking asylum in the USA. She subsequently interned in the refugee resettlement office at Church World Services in Miami, where she worked closely with case managers to support new refugees. On-campus, Daniela serves as a Writing Center Fellow, a project leader for El Centro, and a member of the Princeton Mock Trial team. With the Liman Fellowships, Daniela seeks to learn about immigration proceedings and laws as it pertains to children.



Sarah Lee '22 is from Adams, Tennessee, concentrating in Sociology. Sarah’s research focuses on the intersection of mental health, race, and poverty.  She uses an ethnographic approach to investigate the lived experiences of non-institutionalized schizophrenic individuals living in severe deprivation in Trenton, New Jersey. At Princeton, Sarah serves as Undergraduate Student Government U-Council Chair, Treasurer and Alumni Relations Chair of the Law and Public Affairs Undergraduate Associates, a tutor with Petey Greene, an advocate for prison reform with Students for Prison Education and Reform, and a student liaison with a variety of administrative initiatives involving campus mental health resources, student housing, academics and Indigeneity. Last summer, she worked as an Education Essentials Intern in Laikipia County, Kenya, partnering with administrators in the region for academic and extracurricular programming. As a Liman Fellow, she will intern with the Migrant Assistance Program Foundation in Chiang Mai, Thailand, an NGO seeking to empower migrant workers through labor rights law.



Eric Periman '22 is from Evanston, Illinois, concentrating in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs with a Certificate in French Language & Culture. Last summer, Eric conducted an ethnographical research project studying French culture and norms while engaged in a French immersion language program in Aix-En-Provence. On campus, Eric works with The Whig-Cliosophic Society as an Ambassador and aids in planning events as well as representing the Society to the general student body. He also volunteers with the Petey Greene program, which sends Princeton students weekly to a New Jersey correctional facility as tutors for incarcerated people working towards their GED degree. He is involved with SPEAR (Students for Prison Education And Reform), participating in the “Ban the Box” movement, which is protesting the in inclusion of a question about an undergraduate applicant’s criminal As a Liman fellow, Eric hopes to continue examining the enduring effects of the “War on Drugs” as well as how policy and advocacy today can work towards a more restorative and humane system of criminal justice in America.



Daisy Torres '22 is from Queens, NY, concentrating in African American Studies, with a focus on Race and Public Policy, and pursuing certificates in Latin American Studies and History and the Practice of Diplomacy. At Princeton, she participates in a number of social justice-based and activist organizations. She is a co-director of Princeton Students for Immigrant Empowerment, a Matriculate Advising fellow, a SHARE Peer, a mentor to students of color through Princeton University Mentorship Program, and a DDA (Difference and Dialogue in Action) orientation leader. She is also part of the Scholars Institute Fellows Program and Princeton University Non-Profit Consulting. She is passionate about becoming a public defender and ensuring the accessibility of civil rights and legal resources to low-income Black and Brown communities in New York City. In the past, she has served as a mentor and coach to young women of color through the New York City non-profit Powerplay, and presented education policy-making strategies to the NYC Department of Education as a NYC Service Council leader. She hopes to use the Liman Fellowship to help low-income immigrant communities navigate the naturalization process and to advocate for marginalized identities in our criminal justice system.



Jackson Vail '21 is from Waldoboro, Maine and is concentrating in History with certificates in Latin American Studies and Environmental Studies. In the summer after his freshman year, Jackson traveled to Argentina and worked for La Asociación Civil por la Igualdad y la Justicia (ACIJ), a non-profit human rights organization in Buenos Aires. While there he conducted research in support of the local Right to the City movement and assisted with efforts to increase transparency in the Argentinian judiciary. Last summer, he used the Paul E. Sigmund Scholars Award from the Program in Latin American Studies to travel to Medellín, where he studied how popular narratives of development and transformation have played out across different neighborhoods in the city. Jackson teaches weekly ESL classes at El Centro in Trenton.  On campus he is involved with SPEAR (Students for Prison Education and Reform), the Pace Center, and the Princeton Asylum Project. This summer, he hopes to use his time as a Liman fellow to work on issues related to immigration policy and transnational justice.


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