Joseph (Yusuf) Saei is a Yale Law School Arthur Liman Public Interest Fellow at Muslim Advocates. His work is focused on the religious free exercise rights of prisoners and detainees, but he also works on a variety of other impact matters, including in immigration. After his fellowship at Muslim Advocates, he will clerk for judges in the Central District of California and on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Mr. Saei was a projects editor on the Yale Law Journal and an active participant in the Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic and the Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic. From 2015-2016 he was a Yale Fox Fellow at Sciences Po Law School in Paris, where he was a visiting researcher and served as a graduate student tutor at the Human Rights, Economic Development and Globalization clinic. He has also worked at the Supreme Court of India, Human Rights Watch, Outright International, Schonbrun Seplow Harris & Hoffman LLP, and Shearman & Sterling LLP (Paris). Prior to law school, he served in the U.S. Peace Corps in Morocco, in the Youth Development program. During his extended Peace Corps service, he joined a national Moroccan NGO to prevent HIV/AIDS and scale up access to testing and treatment for LGBT individuals.
Mr. Saei graduated with a J.D. from Yale Law School and a B.A. in Philosophy from the College of Charleston, where he graduated summa cum laude and received the Bishop Robert Smith award, the College's highest award.