Director of Pro Bono, International Refugee Assistance Project
Lara is the Director of Pro Bono at IRAP, where oversees the work of 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. 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. From 2008-2009, she spent a year in Ecuador researching Colombian refugees as a Fulbright scholar.