Introducing the 2017-2018 IILPP Student Fellows

The fellows work with affiliated faculty to develop the Institute’s programs, including special events and alumni outreach.

Elizabeth Casey

elizabeth-caseyElizabeth Casey ’18 is a third-year student at Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law.  After her first year in law school, Ms. Casey was a Law and Public Policy Scholar, working as an Honors Law Clerk at the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C.  While in D.C., Ms. Casey researched the intersection of international investment arbitration and sustainable development.  After her second year of law school, Ms. Casey worked as a summer associate in the Philadelphia office of Drinker, Biddle & Reath LLP.  Upon graduation, Ms. Casey will complete a one-year clerkship on the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and then return to Drinker Biddle.

Ms. Casey graduated from Swarthmore College in 2014 with degrees in Chinese and Political Science.  While at Swarthmore, she conducted environmental policy research in Beijing, China.  Working with various universities and NGOs in Beijing, she examined how these environmental policies contributed to Chinese rule of law and an emerging Chinese civil society.  At Temple Law School, Ms. Casey served as a staff editor on the Temple Law Review. She is a member of the International Law Society and was the Co-President of the Temple Environmental Law Society.

Danielle DerOhannesian

Danielle DerOhannesian ’18 is a third-year law student at Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law, where she is a Beasley Scholar and served as a Staff-Editor for the Temple Law Review (Volume 89). During the summer after her first year in law school, Ms. DerOhannesian interned in the Executive Office of the United States Mission to the European Union in Brussels, Belgium. After her second year, Ms. DerOhannesian interned with the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, where she litigated felony preliminary hearings and misdemeanor trials in the Philadelphia Municipal Court.

Prior to entering law school, Ms. DerOhannesian interned in the military and foreign affairs office of Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand [D-NY]. Ms. DerOhannesian was previously the Libya Correspondent with the Media Monitoring Project for the Montréal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies. She also performed research for the Jerusalem Legal Aid and Human Rights Center in Ramallah, Palestine. Ms. DerOhannesian received her B.A. from McGill University in Montréal, Québec, in Political Science with minors in Anthropology and Arabic. She speaks French and Arabic.

Osazenoriuwa Ebose

Osazenoriuwa Ebose ’18 is a third-year student at Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law.  She is a Conwell Merit Scholar and a recipient of the Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia Scholarship and National Bar Association Women Lawyers Division Sadie T.M. Alexander Book Scholarship.  After her first year in law school, Ms. Ebose was a legal intern at the Nationalities Service Center.  While at NSC, Ms. Ebose worked with a wide swathe of Philadelphia immigrants and refugees securing stay documents.  After her second year of law school, Ms. Ebose worked as a summer associate in the Philadelphia office of Schnader Harrison Segal and Lewis and will return there upon graduation.

Ms. Ebose graduated from Swarthmore College in 2015 with degrees in Sociology/Anthropology and Peace and Conflict Studies.  While at Swarthmore, Ms. Ebose studied abroad in Rome, Italy with Temple University.  While in Rome, she volunteered teaching English to Roman public high school students.  Ms. Ebose also conducted an anthropologic study on the culture of piazzas in Rome.  At Temple Law School, Ms. Ebose served as a staff editor on the Temple International and Comparative Law Journal.  Her article Breaking the Binary: Queering Asylum Law Approaches is scheduled to be published in the upcoming Fall 2017 volume of the Journal.  Ms. Ebose is also a member of the Moot Court Honor Society, the National Trial Team and the International Criminal Court Moot Court.  She was Vice President of Academic Affairs for the International Law Society, Fundraising Chair for the Black Law Students Association, and remains a member of both.

Ashley Rotchford

Ashley Rotchford ’18 is a third-year student at Temple University James  Beasley School of Law. Following her first year in law school, Ms. Rotchford was a Law and Public Policy Scholar, working as a Policy and Advocacy Intern at the National Immigration Forum in Washington, D.C. While in D.C., Ms. Rotchford wrote a white paper on the constitutionality of a presidential proclamation under the Immigration and Nationality Act to ban all Muslims. She presented this paper, A Presidential Proclamation to Ban All Muslims: The Importance of the Establishment Clause, at the Intersection of Law and Public Policy 2017 Update and the 2017 International Meeting on Law and Society. After her second year of law school, Ms. Rotchford worked as a summer associate at Heckscher, Teillon, Terrill & Sager, a boutique trust and estates firm in West Conshohocken, Pennsylvania. Upon graduation, Ms. Rotchford will complete a one-year clerkship with the Superior Court of New Jersey, Camden County.

Ms. Rotchford graduated from Gettysburg College in 2013 with a degree in Religious Studies with honors, and a minor in Anthropology. While at Gettysburg, she spent a semester abroad in Cairo, Egypt studying Islam and Egyptology. From her time abroad, Ms. Rotchford focused her senior thesis on the tensions between the Muslim Brotherhood and Coptic Christians in post-Colonial Egypt. At Temple Law School, Ms. Rotchford served as a staff editor, and then articles editor, on the Temple Law Review. She was the co-President of the Temple Law National Lawyers Guild, co-chair of the Immigration and Human Rights Committee, and member of the Student Public Interest Network.

Institute for International Law and Public Policy Alumni Fellows

Miriam Abaya

miriam-abayaMiriam Abaya ’17 was a fellow during her third-year at Temple University Beasley School of Law, where she was a Law & Public Policy Scholar.  She is interested in international human rights law, particularly in the West African region.  During her 1L summer, Ms. Abaya worked at the Department of Justice’s Office of Immigration Litigation.  She also wrote a paper on U.S. policy towards Boko Haram, which she has presented at the Mid-Atlantic and National Law & Society Conferences.  Most recently, Ms. Abaya worked for the Coalition for the International Criminal Court as the legal intern for the United Nations and the African Union, researching UN and AU policy towards the ICC and drafting policy briefs in support of the ICC.  She was also a lead research editor for the Temple International and Comparative Law Journal.  Ms. Abaya graduated from Haverford College with a B.A. in Music in 2014.

 

Sela Cowger

selacowgerSela Cowger ’17 was a fellow during her second and third years at Temple University Beasley School of Law where she was a Beasley Scholar, a Rubin-Presser Public Interest Scholar, and a Law & Public Policy Scholar.  Her academic background and interests include asylum adjudication and international and comparative migration law.  She also served as the Executive Articles Editor for the Temple International and Comparative Law Journal.  Throughout law school, she explored her interests by interning with various organizations such as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the National Immigration Forum’s Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program, and the Philadelphia Immigration Court (DOJ-EOIR).

Prior to law school, Ms. Cowger worked as an English language instructor in Fukushima, Japan with the Japan Education Teaching Program (JET).  She earned her B.A. with departmental distinction and University honors from the University of Chicago with a major in political science.

 

Anika Forrest

anika-forrestAnika Forrest ’17 was a Law & Public Policy Scholar at Temple University Beasley School of Law.  Ms. Forrest is passionate about foreign policy, international development, and international human rights law. As a 2015 Philadelphia Diversity Law Group Fellow, Ms. Forrest was a legal intern at FMC Corporation, a global chemical and manufacturing company.  Her work at FMC included international data privacy, international trademark, and business law. During her 2L summer, Ms. Forrest interned with the Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy, a conflict transformation and diplomacy organization, as a student legal advisor and a lead program officer for a peacebuilding partnership in Kenya.  Ms. Forrest also interned with the Embassy of Jamaica in D.C.

Ms. Forrest graduated from Davidson College with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology.  As a Bonner Scholar at Davidson, she partnered on educational accessibility projects for underserved communities and volunteered with children in the refugee community.  Additionally, during her undergraduate years, Ms. Forrest participated in a domestic exchange at Howard University and studied abroad at the John Felice Rome Center in Rome, Italy.  After undergrad, Ms. Forrest joined the Office of Admission at Haverford College as an Admission Counselor and Co-Coordinator of Multicultural Recruitment.