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Eli Watkins

Tom Henderson Civil Rights Fellow

Eli Watkins is a Tom Henderson Civil Rights Fellow at Sanford Heisler Sharp.

Eli received his law degree cum laude from New York University School of Law, where he was a Florence Allen Scholar. While at law school, he worked via clinics and internships with the American Civil Liberties Union’s Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project and the Legal Aid Society’s neighborhood offices in the Bronx and Queens, working in housing group advocacy and tenant defense. Additionally, he was a staff editor at the Journal of Legislation and Public Policy and the Editor-in-Chief of the Supreme Court Forum.

Before joining Sanford Heisler Sharp, Eli completed a clerkship for the Honorable Gabriel W. Gorenstein, magistrate judge in the Southern District of New York. Prior to his legal career, Eli worked for several years as a journalist, including as a political reporter for CNN at the network’s Washington, DC bureau.

When Eli is not lawyering, he enjoys reading, listening to music, and eating around New York.


  • New York University School of Law, cum laude, Florence Allen Scholar
  • University of Georgia, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admissions

  • New York