Chris opila

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  • From: Phoenix, Arizona

  • Year in School: 3rd

  • Studying: Law

About Chris:

I am a third-year, public interest-oriented, law student on a Dean’s Scholarship. I grew up in Phoenix, AZ, completed a Bachelors of Arts in International Politics & Economics at Middlebury College in 2011, and received a certificate in Arabic Language and Literature from the Center for Arabic Studies Abroad (CASA) Program at the American University of Cairo in 2012. Before graduate school, I worked in Egypt, Ethiopia, Jordan, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, and Zambia for almost five years as a refugee resettlement advocate, caseworker, and officer. After I graduate in May, I will be clerking for two years for the Honorable Gregory Wormuth at the U.S. District Court of New Mexico in Las Cruces, NM.  

My academic interests lie in administrative, refugee, and immigration law, particularly intersections of the latter two with national security and criminal law, as well as civil conflict resolution, comparative Middle East politics, and all things Cairo. When I’m not hunched over a law book with a cup of tea in Telluride House’s library, I tend to be climbing at the rock gym, playing a board game with friends, or attempting to learn a new song on the mandolin.