Stephen Poellot is the Legal Strategy Director at IRAP. In this role, Stephen leads IRAP’s commitment to developing new and innovative areas of practice, expertise, and legal strategy in refugee law.
Stephen was a founding director of IRAP during his first year at Yale Law School. Prior to law school, Stephen was an investigator at the New York City Civilian Complaint Review Board and worked at the Center for Migration and Refugee Studies at the American University of Cairo. During law school, he received the Charles G. Albom Prize for excellence in the area of judicial and administrative appellate advocacy in connection with a Law School clinical program. After law school, he was a Kirby Simon Summer Fellow at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Geneva and a Robert L. Bernstein International Human Rights Fellow at the Refugee Legal Aid Project in Egypt. He is currently a visiting clinical lecturer in law at Yale Law School and has taught refugee law at Fordham University School of Law.
Stephen holds a J.D. from Yale Law School and a B.A. from Columbia College. He is a member of the New York bar.