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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2015-2016 Daynard Fellows

Leslie Walker

January 25 - 27, 2016
Winter 2016 Daynard Visiting Fellow:  

Leslie Walker '85
Executive Director, Prisoners' Legal Services

Leslie Walker is the executive director of Prisoners’ Legal Services (PLS) of Massachusetts, where she works to ensure that all prisoners in Massachusetts receive needed civil legal advocacy addressing such prison reform issues as mandatory minimums, solitary confinement, guard brutality, adequate medical and mental health care, overcrowding, sexual assault, compassionate release and exorbitant phone rates. Prior to joining PLS 2001, she worked for 16 years at the Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS), Massachusetts’ public defender agency, first as a staff attorney and then as director of Legal Resources and Support Services for the Private Counsel Division. Ms. Walker has been awarded the MACDL Clarence Gideon Award, the Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly Women of Justice Award and the CPCS Thurgood Marshall Award, among others.

Community Lecture:
Behind Barbed Wire: Who is in Prison and What Happens When the World is Not Watching?
Monday, January 25, 2016, noon
240 Dockser Hall

Roundtable Discussion:
Correcting Corrections: Hear from the Experts on How to Improve Imprisonment, Including Those Who Have Lived It.
Wednesday, January 27, 2016, noon
240 Dockser Hall

September 28 - 30, 2015

Fall 2015 Daynard Public Interest Visiting Fellow:

Thena Robinson-Mock
Project Director, Ending the Schoolhouse to Jailhouse Track Program at Advancement Project
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Thena Robinson-Mock

Thena Robinson-Mock is a civil rights attorney with over a decade of experience in racial and social justice advocacy. At the Advancement Project, Ms. Robinson-Mock leads a team that uses a combination of legal, policy, organizing and communication strategies to reform punitive school disciplinary policies, end the presence of police in schools and advocate for alternatives to exclusionary discipline, such as restorative justice.

Prior to joining the Advancement Project, Ms. Robinson-Mock served as executive director of Kids Rethink New Orleans Schools (The Rethinkers), a dynamic youth organizing and leadership development organization that uses participatory education and action research to build organizing and leadership skills of New Orleans youth. She also led a campaign to bring an end to the excessive use of school-based arrests against African American youth in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, that resulted in the filing of an administrative Title VI complaint with the Department of Education Office of Civil Rights. 

Ms. Robinson-Mock has a passion for merging the arts with social justice and has co-written two original plays, “Voices from the Back of the Class” and “Lockdown,” in partnership with the New Orleans-based theater organization, Junebug Productions, formerly known as the Free Southern Theater. She a graduate of Hampton University and Loyola University New Orleans College of Law. She is the recipient of the “40 under 40” award from Gambit Weekly in New Orleans and was named as a "Women Rule!” honoree by the O-White House Leadership Project.

  • Community Lecture
    Black Students Matter: Exposing the Criminalization of Youth of Color and the School-to-Prison Pipeline
    Monday, September 28, 2015, noon
  • Roundtable
    Ending the School-to-Prison Pipeline: Community Lawyering and Movement Building for Change
    Wednesday, September 30, 2015, noon

Past Daynard Fellows

2014 - 2015

2014-2015 Daynard Fellows

February 2 - 4, 2015

Barbara R. Arnwine
President and Executive Director, National Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers’ Committee) 
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Barbara ArnwineBarbara Arnwine, president & executive director of the national Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers’ Committee) since 1989, is internationally renowned for contributions on critical justice issues including the passage of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1991 and the 2006 reauthorization of provisions of the Voting Rights Act. She also created the legendary Voting Rights “Map of Shame” in 2011, which remains popular. A graduate of Scripps College and Duke University School of Law, she continues to champion civil rights and racial justice issues nationally and internationally in the areas of housing and lending, community development, employment, voting, education, and environmental justice. Ms. Arnwine’s work also includes women’s rights, immigrant rights, judicial diversity, criminal justice reform, racial profiling, health care disparities and LBGTQ rights.

  • Community Lecture
    In Pursuit of Systemic Change: Combatting Racial Injustice in Policing and Voting!
    Monday, February 2, 2015, noon - canceled due to weather. Stay tuned for information about rescheduling. 

  • Roundtable
    Refocusing Justice: Boston and the National Struggle for Racial Justice
    Wednesday, February 4, 2015, noon

September 29 - October 1, 2014

Marielena Hincapié '96
Executive Director, National Immigration Law

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Marielena Hincapié is executive director of the National Immigration Law Center (NILC), headquartered in Los Angeles. Founded in 1979, NILC is dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of low-income immigrants in the United States. Under her leadership, NILC has grown to be one of the premier immigrants’ rights organizations, strategically using a combination of litigation, policy, communications and alliance-building to affect social change. Fully bilingual and bicultural, Hincapié serves as a resource and is often interviewed by media outlets such as Univisión, The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times, among others. She is a frequent lecturer at national and international conferences, and works closely with emerging leaders in the social justice world. 

  • Community Lecture
    What's Law Got to Do With It? Migration, Militarization, and Criminalization of Communities of Color
    Monday, September 29, 2014, noon 

  • Roundtable
    From the Ground Up: Advancing Immigrant Rights in the Absence of Congressional Action
    Wednesday, October 1, 2014, noon

    Marielena Hincapie, Executive Director, National Immigration Law Center 
    Sarang Sekhavat, Federal Policy Director, Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition 
    Natalicia Tracy, Executive Director, Brazilian Immigrant Center 

    Moderator: Professor Rachel Rosenbloom

2013 - 2014

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

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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2010 - 2011

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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2009 - 2010

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