Aaron Littman

Binder Clinical Teaching Fellow

  • B.A. Yale College, 2010
  • M.Phil. University of Cambridge, 2011
  • J.D. Yale Law School, 2014

Aaron Littman is a Binder Clinical Teaching Fellow at UCLA School of Law from 2019 to 2021. Most recently, he was a staff attorney in the impact litigation unit of the Southern Center for Human Rights in Atlanta, where he litigated conditions of confinement and law enforcement misconduct cases. He led a successful campaign to stop Alabama sheriffs from personally pocketing hundreds of thousands of dollars in unspent jail food funds, and obtained a multimillion-dollar settlement on behalf of 800 high school students subjected to invasive, suspicionless drug searches. He also litigated class actions challenging solitary confinement and inadequate mental healthcare in prisons and jails in Georgia and Alabama, and represented individual defendants in obtaining relief from lengthy recidivist sentences.

Littman's scholarship has focused on the rights of detained people. He co-authored a fifty-state survey of prison visitation policies that was published in the Yale Law & Policy Review (https://digitalcommons.law.yale.edu/ylpr/vol32/iss1/5/) along with response pieces from legal academics, a litigator, and a correctional administrator, and republished in a leading prisoners' rights treatise. He has also studied conditions monitoring mechanisms in a private British prison and pro se prisoner litigation in the United States. His current research also explores the institution and role of the sheriff.

Littman received his B.A. in Political Science magna cum laude from Yale College, his M.Phil. in Criminological Research from the University of Cambridge, and his J.D. from Yale Law School, where he was a senior editor of the Yale Law Journal and a member of the Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic. After law school, he clerked for the Honorable Stephen Reinhardt on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and for the Honorable Myron Thompson in the Middle District of Alabama. He has also worked as a Justice Stevens fellow at the ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project and a Liman fellow at the Equal Justice Initiative.