Neil K. Sawhney was the firm’s 2015-2016 Fellow in Appellate and Constitutional Litigation. He joined the firm between his clerkships with the Honorable Marsha Berzon of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the Honorable Goodwin Liu, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of California. In the fall of 2017, Neil will join the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Economic Justice Program, based in New Orleans.
Neil graduated from Stanford Law School, where he spent two quarters in Stanford’s Supreme Court Clinic and received the Thelton Henderson Prize for Outstanding Performance in Supreme Court Clinic Practice. During law school, Neil worked at the ACLU of Northern California, Arnold & Porter LLP, and the Office of the Prosecutor at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon in the Hague. He also served as a senior editor of the Stanford Law Review, a board member of Stanford’s American Constitution Society chapter, and a co-founder of the Iraqi Legal Education Initiative.
Before law school, Neil worked at the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project. He received his B.A. in Social Studies and Near Eastern Languages & Civilization, magna cum laude, from Harvard University, where he was a John Harvard Scholar and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He is a member of the State Bar of California.