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Spring 2024 Daynard Public Interest Law Fellow


Diala Shamas
Senior Staff Attorney, Center for Constitutional Rights


Lawyering for Palestinian Rights in These Times


Diala Shamas is a senior staff attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), where she works on challenging government and law enforcement abuses perpetrated under the guise of national security, both in the US and abroad. Prior to joining CCR, Shamas was a clinical supervising attorney and lecturer in law at Stanford Law School and a senior staff attorney supervising the Creating Law Enforcement Accountability & Responsibility project at CUNY School of Law.


Shamas has represented individuals who were approached for questioning by local and federal law enforcement, targeted for surveillance, placed on federal watch-lists or who have had immigration benefits withheld on national security grounds. She advises social justice movements and advocates facing suppression efforts. Shamas has also worked on a range of international human rights issues, including human rights and humanitarian law violations in the Israeli-occupied Palestinian Territory, where she has lived and worked extensively, as well as refugee policies in Australia and Greece. She brings a community-oriented and client-centered approach to all of her work. 


Co-sponsored by Northeastern Law's:
Center for Health Policy and Law (CHPL)
Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy (PHRGE)
Center for Law, Equity and Race (CLEAR)
Center for Public Interest Advocacy and Collaboration (CPIAC)

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