Sofia Yakren, Associate Professor, teaches Lawyering, Torts, and Disability Law. Professor Yakren received her B.A. from Yale College and her J.D. from Yale Law School. Prior to joining CUNY Law, she was on the faculty at American University Washington College of Law, teaching Disability Law, Mental Disability Law, and the Women and the Law Clinic, where her students represented clients facing a broad range of civil issues related to family law, public benefits, special education, and immigration. In her courses, Professor Yakren emphasized reflection, engaged client-centeredness, rigorous legal analysis, the reality and value of emotions in lawyering, and self-awareness/actualization.
Before entering academia, Professor Yakren was a civil rights litigator at Beldock Levine & Hoffman LLP, where she represented individual and class plaintiffs in employment discrimination, false arrest, and wrongful conviction actions. As an Arthur Liman Public Interest Fellow at the Mental Health Project of the Urban Justice Center, Professor Yakren challenged violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act in New York City’s welfare system. Professor Yakren also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Nancy Gertner of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts.
Law Review Articles
Sofia Yakren, Removing the Malice from Federal "Malicious Prosecution": What Cognitive Science Can Teach Lawyers About Reform, 50 Harv. C.R.-C.L. L. Rev. 359 (2015).
Sofia Yakren, Lawyer as Emotional Laborer, 42 U. Mich. J. L. Reform 141 (2008).
Sofia Yakren & Michelle Schwartz eds., Accomplishing the Purposes of Sentencing — the Role of the Courts and the Commission (Transcr.), 15 Fed. Senten. Rep. 165 (2003).