Alicia Bannon

Senior Counsel

Alicia Bannon serves as Senior Counsel in the Brennan Center’s Democracy Program, where she leads the Center’s fair courts work. Ms. Bannon has authored several nationally-recognized reports and articles on judicial selection, access to justice, and government dysfunction, including Rethinking Judicial Selection in State Courts (2016), The Impact of Judicial Vacancies on Federal Trial Courts (2014), and Criminal Justice Debt: A Barrier to Reentry (2010). Her research is regularly featured in media outlets across the country, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Atlantic. She also previously served as an adjunct professor at NYU School of Law, where she taught the Brennan Center Public Policy Advocacy Clinic, and Seton Hall Law School, where she taught a course in professional responsibility and legal ethics. 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 also previously served as a Liman Fellow and Counsel in the Brennan Center’s Justice Program.

Ms. Bannon received her J.D. from Yale Law School, 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 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.