Ariel Simms

Ariel SimmsNCCJD Criminal Justice Fellow

Ariel Simms completed her Juris Doctor degree at Harvard Law School and has Bachelor of Arts degrees in Psychology and French from Saginaw Valley State University. Prior to law school, Ariel spent two years working as a Mental Health Counselor on an inpatient psychiatric unit of a hospital. After that experience, Ariel decided to become a disability and human rights advocate, especially on behalf of those living with mental disabilities. Throughout her time at law school, Ariel worked on disability rights issues both in the United States and abroad, including health care policy, human rights, and criminal justice.  Ariel also worked to promote mental health and well-being in the Harvard community as co-President of the Student Mental Health Association. Ariel has a passion for social justice reform, especially in the realms of legal capacity, supported decision-making, mass incarceration, conditions of confinement, and policing. Ariel hopes to see the United States ratify the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities during her career. In her spare time, Ariel enjoys teaching indoor cycling.