The Daynard fellows, nationally recognized public interest leaders, serve as role models for students, demonstrating how legal skills can be used effectively and creatively to make the world a better place. The fellows each deliver an address that focuses on the strategic use of law to promote public interest goals, participate in classes, consult about professional opportunities for students and graduates, and meet individually with interested faculty, administrators and students.

This vibrant program was established in 2004 through the generosity of Professor Richard A. Daynard and his wife, Carol Iskols Daynard. Professor Daynard is an expert on legal approaches to dealing with the epidemics of tobacco- and obesity-related disease. He is president of  the law school’s Public Health Advocacy Institute.

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2013-2014 Daynard Fellows

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Debra Gardner ’82 
Legal Director, Public Justice Center

As legal director for the Public Justice Center, a nonprofit legal services organization dedicated to protecting and expanding the rights of people living in poverty, Debra Gardner has served as lead advocate in a wide range of impact litigation and other advocacy, including national and company-wide collective and class action suits concerning wage and hour violations and employment discrimination. Among her many responsibilities, Ms. Gardner has coordinated the National Coalition for a Civil Right to Counsel, an association of individuals and organizations committed to ensuring meaningful access to the courts for all through the implementation of a right to counsel in civil cases, sometimes know informally as "civil Gideon." 

  • Community Lecture

Justice Delayed Remains Justice Denied: The Pursuit of a Civil Right to Counsel 
Monday, January 27, 2014, noon 

  • Roundtable

Overcoming the Notion that a Civil Right to Counsel is Unrealistic 
Wednesday, January 29, 2014, noon


John Pollock, Public Justice Center and the National Coalition for a Civil Right to Counsel
Jacqui Bowman, Greater Boston Legal Services (GBLS) 
Jayne Tyrrell, Interest on Lawyers' Trust Accounts (IOLTA) 
Mike Greco, KL Gates and the American Bar Association

Sharon Eubanks
Founding Partner, Edwards & Eubanks 

  • Community Lecture

Representing the Underrepresented: Civil Rights in the 21st Century
Monday, September 30, 2013, noon

  • Roundtable

Private Impact Litigation
Wednesday, October 2, 2013, noon


Past Daynard Fellows

2011 - 2012

Patricia Garin ’84
Partner, Stern Shapiro Weissberg & Garin
Visiting September 21-23, 2011
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Carlos Spector
Law Offices of Carlos Spector
Visiting January 9-11, 2012
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Frederick Brewington ′82
Civil Rights Litigator
Visiting October 4-6, 2010
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Flor Bermudez
Youth in Out-of-Home Care Project Staff Attorney, Lambda Legal
Visiting February 7-9, 2011
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Monica Halas ’77-’78
Employment Law Unit
Lead Attorney, Greater Boston Legal Services

Community Lecture: Tuesday, October 27, 2009, noon
“Waging Campaigns for Change: A Legal Services Tribute to Clients, Community-Based Organizations and Labor”
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Sujatha Baliga
Soros Justice Fellow
Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth
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William P. Quigley
Janet Mary Riley Distinguished Professor of Law; Director, Law Clinic and Gillis Long Poverty Law Clinic
Loyola University New Orleans School of Law

Leslie J. Winner ’76
Executive Director
Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation


Michael Ratner
Center for Constitutional Rights

Christina DeConcini ’88
Director of Legislative Affairs
World Resources Institute


James Bell
Executive Director
The W. Haywood Burns Institute for Juvenile Justice, Fairness and Equity

Judith A. Scott ’74
James & Hoffman
General Counsel
Service Employees International Union


Stephen M. Kohn ’84
Partner, Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto

Oona Chatterjee
Co-founder and Co-director,
Make the Road by Walking


Mary L. Bonauto ’87
Civil Rights Project Director, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD)

D. Milo Mumgaard 
Executive Director
Nebraska Appleseed Center for Law in the Public Interest