Professor Arkles teaches Legal Research and Writing. His research interests include the intersection of gender, race and disability in criminal law and punishment; the role of lawyers in social movements; and the development of lawyering skills from a social justice perspective.

Professor Arkles joined Northeastern after three years as an acting assistant professor at NYU School of Law, where he taught a mandatory first-year lawyering class on legal research and writing, client counseling, negotiation, mediation and oral advocacy. For the six years prior to his appointment at NYU, he practiced at the Sylvia Rivera Law Project as a staff attorney and director of Prisoner Justice Initiatives. There, he provided legal services to low-income people and people of color who are transgender, intersex or gender nonconforming. He also engaged in impact litigation, public education and policy work to advance justice for these communities. While his work at SRLP spanned issues of public benefits, name changes, identity documents, immigration, discrimination and shelter access, his focus was on conditions of confinement for imprisoned people. Professor Arkles was also a founding member of the Lorena Borjas Community Fund, an organization that provides bail and bond support to criminalized LGBT immigrants.

Fields of Expertise

  • Disability and the Law
  • Legal Research and Writing
  • Prison Law
  • Social Justice
  • Professional Responsibility
  • Gender and the Law

Selected Works

Selected Articles