Lara Finkbeiner, '13, manages career-related public interest programs and advises students preparing for careers in the public interest sector, including government.
Lara is a double wolverine, receiving her J.D., cum laude, in 2013. Prior to law school, she spend a year in Ecuador researching Colombian refugees as a Fulbright scholar, received her B.A. in History with Honors from the University of Michigan, and her M.Sc. in Forced Migration from the University of Oxford. After graduating law school, Lara became an Equal Justice Works Fellow at the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP), where she then became the Deputy Legal Director. While at IRAP, Lara successfully represented dozens of clients and provided training to hundreds of volunteer law students and pro bono attorneys on refugee and immigration law. Lara also worked as a Visiting Clinical Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School prior to returning to serve as the Public Interest Director. Lara's wife, Kylee Sunderlin, '13, is also a Michigan Law grad and was a Soros Justice Fellow and a senior staff attorney at Brooklyn Defender Services' Family Defense Practice. Lara and Kylee are the proud parents of a very smiley toddler and two highly anxious chihuahua/terrier mutts.