Access to Justice & Justice Catalyst Fellow
Anita N.H. Yandle is the Justice Catalyst and Access to Justice Litigation Fellow at Public Justice. She litigates cases related to access to courts and racial justice, with a focus on undocumented and migrant farmworkers’ rights.
During law school, Anita was active in the human and civil rights community. She spent both of her summers at the United Nations, first researching on environmental justice and Indigenous land rights at the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean in Santiago, Chile, and then working on appeals in genocide cases with the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals in The Hague, Netherlands. She also was a law clerk with the ACLU National Prison Project, where she supported civil rights litigation in immigration detention centers, jails, and prisons. In addition to working on the board of the Human Rights Law Review and A Jailhouse Lawyers’ Manual, Anita spent full years in both the Human Rights Clinic as a trial monitor and student attorney for the Clooney Foundation for Justice, for which she monitored and reported on a trial against political dissidents in Thailand, and in externships on death penalty defense. In her research assistantships with the African American Policy Forum, Columbia Justice Lab, and Human Rights Institute, among others, Anita wrote and edited reports and book chapters on critical race theory, mass supervision, war crimes, compassionate release, and more. Finally, as a recipient of the Davis Polk Leadership Initiative Innovation Grant, she founded the law school’s only in-house pro bono project to focus on abortion rights.
Prior to joining the legal profession, Anita was a civil rights lobbyist with the Washington State Association for Justice, advocating for police accountability; pregnant, disabled, and injured workers’ rights; and access to justice. She was also highly active on local nonprofit boards, including the Northwest Abortion Access Fund and the Washington Bus.
Anita received her B.A. from the University of Washington and her J.D. from Columbia Law School, where she was a James Kent and Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, a recipient of the Certificate of Achievement in International and Comparative Law from the Parker School, and a teaching fellow to Professors Bernard E. Harcourt and Sarah A. Seo.