Brett Dignam, a long-time clinical professor at Yale Law School known for her advocacy on behalf of prisoners, is joining the faculty at Columbia Law School.

Dignam has since 1992 served on the faculty at Yale Law School, where she was active in clinics addressing prison legal services, complex federal litigation and Supreme Court advocacy. She supervised workshops conducted by Yale law students for prisoners at the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, Conn., addressing inmate legal rights under the Prison Litigation Reform Act. Dignam has participated in more than 30 federal and state cases in the area of prisoners’ rights

“Professor Dignam brings remarkable talent to bear in her advocacy and teaching,” said Dean David M. Schizer of Columbia. “She will add extraordinary strength to our thriving clinical programs.”

Dignam brings to 22 the number of faculty members who have joined Columbia Law School since Schizer became dean in 2004. Dignam’s appointment begins in July 2010.