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 2022. His clinical teaching focuses on litigation and policy advocacy challenging the actions of police and prison and jail officials. Most recently, he developed and led a yearlong appellate prisoners’ rights clinic, in which students briefed and argued the civil rights cases of formerly pro se incarcerated plaintiffs in a federal court of appeals.

Since early 2020, Littman has also been the Deputy Director of the UCLA Law COVID Behind Bars Data Project, supervising the collection and analysis of pandemic data from carceral facilities across the country, serving as an expert commentator for media outlets such as the New York Times and Reuters, and submitting invited testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee and the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

Littman's scholarship, available on SSRN, focuses on the sub-constitutional law of incarceration. His recent article, published in the Vanderbilt Law Review, explores the roles that sheriffs and other county officials play in determining the supply of and demand for jail bedspace and assesses the fiscal and political incentives for expansion. He also co-authored a fifty-state survey of prison visitation policies, which was published in the Yale Law & Policy Review along with response pieces from legal academics, a litigator, and a correctional administrator, and republished in a leading prisoners' rights treatise. In his master’s thesis, he studied the interplay of three conditions monitoring mechanisms in a private British prison.

Before coming to UCLA, Littman 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 pocketing hundreds of thousands of dollars in unspent jail food funds and obtained a multimillion-dollar settlement on behalf of hundreds of high school students subjected to suspicionless 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 postconviction relief from lengthy recidivist sentences.

Littman received 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 for five semesters. He also holds an M.Phil. in Criminological Research from the University of Cambridge and received a B.A. in Political Science magna cum laude from Yale College.

After law school, he clerked for Judge Stephen Reinhardt on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and for Judge Myron Thompson in the Middle District of Alabama. He has also worked as a Justice Stevens Fellow at the ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project, as a Liman Fellow at the Equal Justice Initiative, and in the Special Litigation Section of the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.


  • Articles And Chapters
    • Free-World Law Behind Bars, 131 Yale Law Journal 1385 (2022). Full Text
    • Jails, Sheriffs, and Carceral Policymaking, 74 Vanderbilt Law Review 861 (2021). Full Text
    • Prison Visitation Policies: A Fifty State Survey (with Chesa Boudin and Trevor Stutz), 32 Yale Law and Policy 149 (2013). Full Text
  • Non-Law Publications
    • Life Expectancy and COVID-19 in Florida State Prisons (with Neal Marquez, Victoria Rossi, Erika Tyag), 62 American Journal of Preventative Medicine 949. Full Text