P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans


Yahonnes Cleary, 2007

Partner, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison

Yahonnes Cleary is the child of immigrants from Jamaica

Fellowship awarded to support work towards a JD in Law at Yale University

YAHONNES CLEARY is a partner at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in New York where he represents corporate and individual clients in a broad range of complex commercial litigation and investigations.

Yahonnes was born in Massachusetts to Jamaican parents and grew up in the Bronx.

After receiving a BA, summa cum laude, with election to Phi Beta Kappa from Columbia University in 2000, Yahonnes earned an MSc from Oxford University in modern history in 2002, where he was a Marshall Scholar. Yahonnes received his JD from Yale University in 2009 and clerked for Hon. Barrington D. Parker, Jr. for the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York. He joined Paul, Weiss in 2011.

Prior to law school, Yahonnes was a Program Associate at the Ford Foundation where he supported the foundation's economic development initiatives; a Community Development Fellow at the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice where he supported the organization's homeownership, employment, and criminal justice programs; and a consultant to the mayoral campaign of Cory Booker.

Yahonnes has served on the Board of Directors of Prep for Prep, the Yale Law School Fund, and Choate Rosemary Hall. 

  • JD Law | Yale University 2009
  • MSc Modern History | University of Oxford 2002
  • BA Political Science | Columbia College 2000
  • Marshall Scholar
  • Harry S. Truman Scholar
  • NAACP Legal Defense Fund Scholarship
  • Congressional Black Caucus Scholarship
Work History
  • Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, Partner | December 2017 - PRESENT
  • Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, Litigation Associate
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