Justice Catalyst Announces 2022 – 2023 Fellows


CONTACT: Jacob Lipton, Co-Executive Director

Email: jlipton@justicecatalyst.org




Justice Catalyst is proud to announce its 2022 – 2023 fellowship projects. The projects will be hosted at public interest organizations around the United States, furthering Justice Catalyst’s mission of activating path-breaking approaches to lawyering for social and economic justice that have real-world impact and improve the lives of those denied access to justice. 

Projects selected include proposals from:

  • Marisol Dominguez-Ruiz, who will enforce underused disability laws in carceral settings and increase transparency to end the solitary confinement of incarcerated people with disabilities at the ACLU’s National Prison Project.
  • Mustafa Isaac Filat, who will be working with Public Counsel to prevent ICE from gathering the sensitive personally identifiable information of California’s immigrant communities.
  • Juliette Jackson, who will increase access to pro bono advocacy, policy, and litigation services for underserved tribal communities in California, Nevada, and Oregon impacted by climate change through a partnership with Sacred Lands, Native Hands and the Center for Biological Diversity. 
  • Kathryn Koch, who will launch a replicable medical debt litigation program with Health Law Advocates.
  • Yohannes Moore, who will work to free the many people impacted by racism in the California criminal court system by building statewide capacity for implementation of the California Racial Justice Act as an Assistant Professor and Supervising Staff Attorney with the University of San Francisco School of Law Racial Justice Clinic.
  • Joseph Niver, who will work with Make the Road New Jersey to protect the rights of essential workers in the logistics sector through community education, organizing, and strategic enforcement of employment law.
  • Andrew Ntim, who will build and lead an organizing campaign to demand justice for those subjected to abusive practices within restrictive gang units in California prisons, including “gladiator” fights and racially discriminatory lockdowns, with Legal Services for Prisoners with Children.
  • Chris Opila, who will work with the International Refugee Assistance Project to improve refugees’ access to resettlement to the United States through court challenges to unlawful U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services adjudication policies. 
  • Vishal Reddy, who will be working at Local Progress to equip local progressive elected officials in the South with the legal and policy support needed to build worker power and to improve working conditions.
  • Sam Rosen, who will study the independence of indigent-defense lawyers, represent those whose independence has been undermined, and bring suits against predatory indigent-defense lawyers at Gerstein Harrow LLP.
  • Abbie Starker, who will work with the Center for Restorative Justice at Suffolk University and community members to co-create a community-led restorative justice structure to resolve criminal matters, address community safety, and build community power, with attention to racial justice.
  • Alessandra Stevens, who will empower immigrant communities in the Deep South to challenge unjust immigration policies and abusive workplaces by providing education, tools and assistance for workers and organizers to file labor complaints and apply for immigration relief for victims of workplace abuse with Sur Legal Collaborative.
  • Chris Vu, who will pursue policy and litigation strategies to rectify the systemic failures that relegate individuals with serious mental illnesses to jail and/or homelessness at the Coelho Center for Disability Law, Policy, and Innovation and Loyola’s Anti-Racism Center at LMU Loyola Law School.

Justice Catalyst is also proud to announce the renewal of projects from the 2021-2022 fellowship class. These projects include proposals from:

  • Sarah Medina Camiscoli, who will continue working with Public Counsel and the Peer Defense Project at IntegrateNYC to secure the right to an antiracist education in New York City and build an intergenerational movement lawyering model.
  • Sarah Lee Day, who will continue to address barriers to routine and emergency contraception at the point of sale and build legislative toolkits protecting reproductive rights with Reproductive Equity Now.
  • Lee Ann Felder Heim, who will further her work with the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil RIghts in the San Francisco Bay Area to stop private, for-profit prison corporations from harming detained immigrants in their custody, hold them accountable for the harms they have already inflicted, and liberate immigrants who are currently in harm’s way.
  • TJ Grayson, who will continue using the practices of movement lawyering at the Advancement Project to help abolitionist organizers address the influence of police unions.
  • Marie Evelyn Sheehan, who will continue scaling and institutionalizing the Property Tax Appeals Projects in Detroit and Chicago with Street Democracy.
  • Ming Tanigawa-Lau, who will expand the Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project’s participatory litigation work to target high-priority policy areas and continue engaging asylum-seeking members in ASAP’s advocacy program.
  • Lauren Michel Wilfong, who will continue to grow the power of detained people to challenge the constitutionality of immigration detention and seek release in federal court through strategic litigation and by fostering a rapid response habeas network at Justice Action Center.
  • Anita Yandle, who will continue advocating for farmworkers rights through litigation, legislative advocacy, and education using a lens specifically focused on racial justice with Public Justice.

A full list of fellows will be available at https://catalystfellowships.org/fellows/. If you are a law student or recent graduate interested in a 2023-2024 fellowship, or an organization interested in hosting a fellowship project, please visit https://catalystfellowships.org/fellowships/ or contact fellowships@justicecatalyst.org

Justice Catalyst prioritizes groundbreaking ideas, including early-stage projects that are boundary-pushing in the pursuit of systemic solutions to major injustices, whether at an established legal organization or an organization looking to hire its first lawyer. More information at https://catalystfellowships.org/fellowships/