Alicia Bannon serves as counsel for the Brennan Center’s Democracy Program, where her work focuses on judicial selection and promoting fair and impartial courts. Ms. Bannon also previously served as a Liman Fellow and Counsel in the Brennan Center’s Justice Program, where she co-authored a report on the harmful effects of fees imposed by the criminal justice system. Prior to joining the Brennan Center, Ms. Bannon was a John J. Gibbons Fellow in Public Interest and Constitutional Law at Gibbons P.C. in Newark, N.J., where she engaged in a wide range of public interest litigation within New Jersey and nationally. Ms. Bannon has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Seton Hall Law School, where she taught a course in Professional Responsibility and Legal Ethics.
Ms. Bannon received her J.D. from Yale Law School in 2007, where she was a Comments Editor of the Yale Law Journal and a Student Director of the Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic. She subsequently clerked for the Honorable Kimba M. Wood in the Southern District of New York and the Honorable Sonia Sotomayor in the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. She graduated from Harvard College summa cum laude in 2001 with a degree in Social Studies. Prior to law school she worked in Kenya and Uganda managing evaluations of development projects, as well as at the Center for Global Development in Washington, D.C.
- Federal Judicial Vacancies: The Trial Courts (2013)
- Criminal Justice Debt: A Barrier to Reentry (2010) (with Mitali Nagrecha and Rebekah Diller)
- Time For Senate Compromise on Judicial Nominees, Reuters (7/26/2013)
- Public Financing Helps Keep Special Interests Out of N.C. Courts, The Charlotte Observer (4/2/2013)
- Constitutional Rights Are Not Political Questions, Brennan Center blog (9/27/2012)
- You Have the Right to an (Adequate) Attorney, Newsday (4/8/2010)
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