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Mez Belo-Osagie joined the firm as a fellow in the summer of 2023. Among other things, Mez has previously worked on criminal-justice impact litigation at Civil Rights Corps, the MacArthur Justice Center’s Supreme Court and Appellate Program, and the Committee for Public Counsel Services in Massachusetts. She has also worked on litigation at Williams & Connolly LLP and Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP.
Mez earned her J.D. from Harvard Law School and her bachelor’s degree cum laude in political science and African studies from Yale and is currently pursuing a Ph.D in political science at Stanford as a Knight-Hennessy Scholar. In law school, Mez was the Supreme Court Co-Chair of the Harvard Law Review, represented indigent defendants as a student-attorney, and, with the Lloyd Gaines Memorial Team, won the Ames Moot Court Competition. Before law school, she worked at a counterinsurgency-focused think tank and at the Legal Defense and Assistance Project, challenging torture in Nigerian prisons. During college, she co-founded the Yale Young African Scholars Program and won the James Gordon Bennett Prize for her senior thesis on the Boko Haram insurgency.