Chris opila

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  • From: Phoenix, Arizona

  • Year in School: 2nd year Law School

  • Studying: Law

About Chris:

I am a public interest-oriented law student on a Dean’s Scholarship. I grew up in Phoenix, Arizona, completed a Bachelor’s degree 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 law school, I worked in Egypt, Ethiopia, Jordan, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, and Zambia as a refugee resettlement advocate and processer for St. Andrew’s Refugee Services, the International Refugee Assistance Project, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and the US Refugee Admissions Program. My academic interests lie in refugee and immigration law, particularly their intersections 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 or volunteering with a refugee/immigration service provider in Ann Arbor, 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.