Arthur Liman Fellows in Public Interest Law

Students selected as Liman Fellows will perform full-time public interest law-related work lasting at least eight to ten weeks during the summer. The subject matter is not limited to any specific field, and thus, may range from civil rights and liberties to disability law and environmental protection, and beyond.

Each fellow seeks a position that offers a variety of learning experiences over the course of the summer, such that they gain significant exposure to issues of law and an understanding of how the legal system works. The work allows a student to develop analytical thinking and research skills. At the conclusion of the internship, the fellow writes a report that explains how the internship affected his or her understanding of public interest law and future academic and career plans.

2019 Liman Fellows


From left:  Audrey Spensley, Peter Schmidt, Kat Powell, Leila Ullmann, Amanda Eisenhour
Amanda Eisenhour '21 , African American Studies
Placement: Due Process of Law Foundation
Katherine Powell '20 , African American Studies
Placement: Federal Criminal Justice Clinic, University of Chicago Law School
Peter Schmidt '20 , Spanish and Portuguese, Track in Environmental Studies
Placement: WE-ACT for Environmental Justice
Audrey Spensley '20 , History
Placement: Consumer Advocacy & Response Division, Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General
Leila Ullmann '21 , African American Studies
Placement: Detroit Justice Center

2018 Liman Fellows

Miranda Bolef '19 , Politics
Placement: Southern Poverty Law Center
Ramzie Fathy '20 , Woodrow Wilson School
Placement: Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project at GW Law
Micah Herskind '19 , African American Studies
Placement: Poverty and Race Research Action Council
Benjamin Laufer '19 , Operations Research and Financial Engineering
Placement: National Center for Access to Justice
Rebekah Ninan '19 , Politics
Placement: UNICEF

2017 Liman Fellows

Kabbas Azhar '18 , Politics
Placement: American Friends Service Committee, Washington DC
Joy Dartey '18 , Sociology
Placement: Children's Defense Fund, New York NY
Steven Gomez '19 , History
Placement: Asociacion Civil por la Igualdad y Justicia, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Alice Mar-Abe '18 , Politics
Placement: Public Defender Association, Seattle WA
Jessica Quinter '18 , Woodrow Wilson School
Placement: British Pregnancy Advisory Service, London, UK

2016 Liman Fellows

Ryan Dukeman '17 , Woodrow Wilson School
Placement: US Dept. of State, Bureau of Legislative Affairs
Abigail Gellman '17 , History
Placement: Brooklyn Defender Services
Yangyi Li '17 , Economics / Global Health and Health Policy Program
Placement: Tennessee Justice Center
Maria Perales '18 , Woodrow Wilson School
Placement: Centro De Los Dereches del Migrante
James Sasso , Politics
Placement: Harvard Law School, Criminal Justice Program
Anthony Sibley '17 , Politics
Placement: U.S. District Court, Southern District of Mississippi

2015 Liman Fellows

Marissa Brodney , Woodrow Wilson School
Placement: US Dept. of State Office of Global Criminal Justice
Joaquín García '17 , Woodrow Wilson School
Laura Gault , JD/MPA candidate, Woodrow Wilson School and Harvard Law School
Placement: United States Department of Justice, Criminal Division
Cydney Kim '17 , Politics
Placement: Legal Action Center
Andrew Nelson '16 , German
Placement: ACLU of Washington
Safeeyah Quereshi '16 , Religion
Placement: U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, Midwestern Regional Office

2014 Liman Fellows

Amanda Cheong , Sociology and Social Policy
Placement: United Nations Refugee Agency, Yangon, Myanmar
Duncan Hosie '16 , Woodrow Wilson School
Placement: The Center for Voting and Democracy
Yahui Liang '15 , Economics
Placement: Veterans Legal Clinic, Harvard Law School WilmerHale Legal Services Center
Lawrence Liu '16 , Woodrow Wilson School
Placement: The New York District Attorney's Office
Jessica Zou '16 , Woodrow Wilson School
Placement: The Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia

2013 Liman Fellows

Ariel Futter '15 , Politics
Placement: Equal Employment Opportunity Commission - New York District Office
Shawon Jackson '15 , Woodrow Wilson School
Placement: Children's Defense Fund
Kalyani Ramnath , History
Placement: Human Rights Watch, Women's Rights Division
Eleanor Roberts '15 , Politics
Placement: ACLU Foundation of Northern California
Anna Schrimpf , PhD student, Politics
Placement: Human Rights Watch, Berlin
Mengyi Xu '14 , Woodrow Wilson School
Placement: Natural Resources Defense Council / O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University

2012 Liman Fellows

Cody Gray , PhD student, Politics
Placement: White House Domestic Policy Council
George Maliha '13 , Molecular Biology
Placement: Office of U.S. Senator John Cornyn
Tiennhan Phan '12 , Woodrow Wilson School
Placement: U.S. Dept. of State, Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration
Julia Spiegel , MPA/JD
Placement: Center for Justice and Accountability
Shaina Watrous , Woodrow Wilson School
Placement: National Legal Aid & Defender Association

2011 Liman Fellows

Krisia Ildefonso '12 , Spanish Language and Cultures
Placement: Legal Services of New Jersey
Laura Pedersen '12 , History (Latin American)
Placement: Department of Justice, Office of Immigration Litigation
Zayn Siddique '11 , Woodrow Wilson School
Placement: Red Hook Community Justice Center
Justin Simeone , PhD student, Politics
Placement: Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at New York University School of Law
Vinay Sitapati , PhD student, Politics
Placement: Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi
Eric Stern '11 , Woodrow Wilson School
Placement: New York City Council, Office of Council Member Brad Lander

2010 Liman Fellows

Rush Doshi '11 , Woodrow Wilson School
Placement: U. S. Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor: China/Latin America Division
Ashley Eberhart '13
Placement: Oglala Lakota CASA, Pine Ridge, South Dakota
Sierra Gronewold '11 , Anthropology
Placement: Bronx Defenders: Family Defense Program
Sarah Paige '11 , Politics
Placement: American Bar Association: Immigration Justice Project
Susan Reid , MPA/JD, Public Policy
Placement: ACLU of Northern California, San Francisco
Thomas J.G. Scott , MPA, Public Affairs
Placement: Office of Native American Affairs, Domestic Policy Council
Sarah Solon , MPA, Public Policy
Placement: Berkeley Center on Health, Economic and Family Security
Alicia Yue Zeng '12 , Woodrow Wilson School

2009 Liman Fellows

Veneka Chagwedera '09 , Woodrow Wilson School
Placement: Rockefeller Foundation
David Christie '10 , Woodrow Wilson School
Placement: New York County Defender Services
Sarah Islam , M.A. Candidate, Near Eastern Studies
Placement: Karamah
Kelly Lack '10 , Woodrow Wilson School
Placement: Danish Institute for Human Rights, Copenhagen
Karen Levy , PhD, Sociology
Placement: Project for Public Spaces
Marian Messing '11 , Woodrow Wilson School
Placement: Human Rights Watch
Vanessa Rodriguez '09 , History
Placement: Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid

2008 Liman Fellows

Felipe Cala , PhD student, Spanish and Portuguese
Placement: International Center for Transitional Justice
Ryan Ebanks '09 , Independent; Political Psychology
Placement: Public Interest Law Institute, Moscow office
Mark Zaichen Jia '10 , Woodrow Wilson School
Placement: Alliance for Justice
Lawrence Kornreich '09 , Religion
Placement: Legal Action Center
Michelle Phelps , PhD candidate, Sociology
Placement: Prison Visiting Project, Correctional Association of New York
Emily Kathryn Stehr '08 , History
Placement: Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice, UC Berkeley

2007 Liman Fellows

Benjamin Brady '07 , History
Placement: Arkansas Legal Services
Ronald Chatters, III MPA student , Woodrow Wilson School
Placement: Southern California Jail Project
Alisha Holland '07 , Woodrow Wilson School
Placement: Instituto de Trabalho e Sociedade, Rio de Janiero
Evan Magruder '08 , Woodrow Wilson School
Placement: Harpers (special project with Human Rights First)
Amelia Rawls '07 , Woodrow Wilson School
Placement: NYU Center for Human Rights & Global Justice
Kevin Woodson , PhD student, Sociology
Placement: University Legal Services, Washington DC

2006 Liman Fellows

Valerie Atkins '07
Placement: Kansas Legal Services
Deborah Becher , PhD candidate, Sociology
Placement: The Reinvestment Fund
Tiffany Bergin '07 , Woodrow Wilson School
Placement: Center for Community Alternatives
Stephanie Greenwood , MPA, Woodrow Wilson School
Placement: Tenants and Workers United, Northern Virginia
Sara Holloway '06 , Sociology
Placement: BeyondMedia Education
Michael Murray '06 , Woodrow Wilson School
Placement: Maryland Legal Aid Bureau