Rakim Brooks / Cochran Fellow

Rakim brings a considerable range of skills and experiences to his work at NSB. He represents wrongfully convicted clients all over the country including North Carolina, Montana, Nevada, and Maryland. For example, he currently represents Darryl Howard. DNA evidence exonerated Mr. Howard after he had spent over 23 years wrongfully convicted in prison. The Durham police officers in his case are alleged to have withheld critical exculpatory evidence and fabricated evidence against Mr. Howard.

Rakim joins NSB after clerking for the Honorable William A. Fletcher of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, the Honorable Brett M. Kavanaugh, then of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, and Justice Edwin Cameron of the Constitutional Court of South Africa.  Rakim received his law degree from Yale Law School where he developed his litigation skills in the Worker and Immigrant Rights Clinic and the Supreme Court Advocacy Clinic.

Prior to becoming a lawyer, Rakim was committed to progressive politics and social policy. He interned at the Brookings Institution and Center for Law and Social Policy while attending Brown University. After attending Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, he was selected as a fellow at the think tank Demos. There he wrote extensively about poverty, inequality, democracy, and Black politics. He then served as a Policy Advisor at the U.S. Treasury Department. His portfolio included low-income housing, community development finance, and social impact bonds. He also managed communications for former Councilmember Melissa Mark-Viverito and served as congressional campaign manager for former DNC Political Director Clyde Williams in 2012 and 2016.

  • JD: Yale Law School
    • Ames Moot Court Competition, Semi-Finalist
    • Coker Fellow for Legal Writing, Torts, Professor Issa Kohler-Hausmann
    • Teaching Assistant, Complex Civil Litigation, Hon. Stefan R. Underhill (D. Conn.)
    • Streicker Fellow in International Law
    • Sidley Austin Diversity & Inclusion Scholar
  • MBA: Yale School of Management
    • Interpersonal Dynamics Facilitator
  • MPhil: Oxford University
    • Rhodes Scholarship
  • AB: Brown University
    • Charles Nichols Award for Leadership
    • Galbraith Scholar
    • Institute for Responsible Citizenship

Phone: (212) 965-9081
Fax: (212) 965-9084

Hon. William A. Fletcher, 9th Circuit Court of Appeals
Hon. Brett M. Kavanaugh, D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals
Justice Edwin Cameron, Constitutional Court of South Africa
Washington, D.C.
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

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