Former Student Fellows 2017


Miriam Abaya ’17 was a fellow during her third-year at Temple University Beasley School of Law, where she was a Law & Public Policy Scholar.  She is interested in international human rights law, particularly in the West African region.  During her 1L summer, Ms. Abaya worked at the Department of Justice’s Office of Immigration Litigation.  She also wrote a paper on U.S. policy towards Boko Haram, which she has presented at the Mid-Atlantic and National Law & Society Conferences.  Most recently, Ms. Abaya worked for the Coalition for the International Criminal Court as the legal intern for the United Nations and the African Union, researching UN and AU policy towards the ICC and drafting policy briefs in support of the ICC.  She was also a lead research editor for the Temple International and Comparative Law Journal.  Ms. Abaya graduated from Haverford College with a B.A. in Music in 2014.


Sela Cowger ’17 was a fellow during her second and third years at Temple University Beasley School of Law where she was a Beasley Scholar, a Rubin-Presser Public Interest Scholar, and a Law & Public Policy Scholar.  Her academic background and interests include asylum adjudication and international and comparative migration law.  She also served as the Executive Articles Editor for the Temple International and Comparative Law Journal.  Throughout law school, she explored her interests by interning with various organizations such as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the National Immigration Forum’s Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program, and the Philadelphia Immigration Court (DOJ-EOIR).

Prior to law school, Ms. Cowger worked as an English language instructor in Fukushima, Japan with the Japan Education Teaching Program (JET).  She earned her B.A. with departmental distinction and University honors from the University of Chicago with a major in political science.


Anika Forrest ’17 was a Law & Public Policy Scholar at Temple University Beasley School of Law.  Ms. Forrest is passionate about foreign policy, international development, and international human rights law. As a 2015 Philadelphia Diversity Law Group Fellow, Ms. Forrest was a legal intern at FMC Corporation, a global chemical and manufacturing company.  Her work at FMC included international data privacy, international trademark, and business law. During her 2L summer, Ms. Forrest interned with the Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy, a conflict transformation and diplomacy organization, as a student legal advisor and a lead program officer for a peacebuilding partnership in Kenya.  Ms. Forrest also interned with the Embassy of Jamaica in D.C.

Ms. Forrest graduated from Davidson College with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology.  As a Bonner Scholar at Davidson, she partnered on educational accessibility projects for under-served communities and volunteered with children in the refugee community.  Additionally, during her undergraduate years, Ms. Forrest participated in a domestic exchange at Howard University and studied abroad at the John Felice Rome Center in Rome, Italy.  After undergrad, Ms. Forrest joined the Office of Admission at Haverford College as an Admission Counselor and Co-Coordinator of Multicultural Recruitment.