Daniel Yi is the Senior Counsel for Innovation for the United States Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division. Professor Yi leads the Division’s effort to use the design process and entrepreneurial principles to test new solutions for sticky problems in legal practice and civil rights. Professor Yi also runs Concept Lab, the Civil Rights Division’s idea incubator program. In Concept Lab, teams of Justice Department employees use design thinking and lean methodologies in a fast-paced, competitive, and entrepreneurial environment.

Prior to his current role, Professor Yi served as the Director of DOJ’s Fair Housing Testing Program, which conducts covert investigations to uncover housing discrimination. He also spent seven years working as a trial attorney specializing in fair housing cases. In 2007, he served as a law clerk for the Hon. David F. Hamilton (S.D. Ind., now serving on the 7th Circuit). He graduated from Yale Law School in 2006 and the College of William & Mary in 2001.