Lara Finkbeiner

Lara is a Supervising Attorney in the Pro Bono Department, where she provides training, mentorship, and project oversight on a wide range of cases to IRAP’s extensive pro bono network of attorneys and students. She returns to IRAP after having spent two years as the Public Interest Director at Michigan Law School, from 2019-2021. In her prior role at IRAP, she served as an Equal Justice Works Fellow from 2013-2015 and as the Deputy Legal Director from 2015-2019. She has appeared in media outlets such as This American Life, CNN, and the Associated Press. 

From 2016 to 2019, Lara was a Visiting Clinical Lecturer at Yale Law School. During law school, she worked as a UNHCR deployee conducting refugee status determinations in the Caribbean and served as a full time extern at the Refugee Rights Unit at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Prior to law school, she spent a year in Ecuador researching Colombian refugees as a Fulbright scholar.

Lara received her B.A. in History with Honors from the University of Michigan in 2008, her M.Sc. in Forced Migration from the University of Oxford in 2010, and her J.D. cum laude from Michigan Law School in 2013.

Lara is a member of the New York bar and is pending bar admission in Michigan.