Former Student Fellows 2019

Carla Cortavarría was an IILPP student fellow in 2018-2019 during her 3L year at Temple Law. She is passionate about international human rights, specifically in the region of Latin America, as well as immigration/refugee law and worker’s rights.

During her 2L summer, Carla interned for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in their Caribbean Protection Unit where she drafted Refugee Status Determination reports for refugees seeking asylum in the Caribbean. During her last semester in law school, Carla interned at the Due Process of Law Foundation in DC, a human rights organization that promotes the rule of law in Latin America. Carla also interned at the ACLU-PA, HIAS-PA, Justice at Work, and the International Association of Women Judges.

At Temple, Carla was Vice President for both the International Law Society and the Latin American Law Students Association. She also served as a Staff Editor and Lead Research Editor for the Temple International and Comparative Law Journal (TICLJ) and focused her legal comment on crimes against humanity in Venezuela.

Carla is excited to start her legal career as a Judicial Law Clerk at the Newark Immigration Court through the DOJ Honors Program in September. However, her long-term career goal is to work for an international organization that advances human rights. Carla is originally from Lima, Peru, but grew up in the DC Metro area. She speaks fluent Spanish, advanced-level French, and some Portuguese.

Jordan Schneider graduated from Temple Law in 2019. While at Temple, he interned for the Department of Justice’s Executive Office for Immigration Review.  There he drafted decisions and memoranda on eligibility for immigration relief ranging from asylum, cancellation of removal, and issues at the intersection of immigration and criminal law, including motions to suppress and motions to terminate removal proceedings. As a staff editor for Temple Law Review, he wrote his comment, under the supervision of Professor Peter Spiro, on the proposed expansion of expedited removal in immigration proceedings. After his first year of law school, he studied abroad in Rome as part of Temple’s Global Scholars Program. While in Rome, he interned for an Italian law firm, Portolano Cavallo.

Mr. Schneider is currently clerking in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division—the state’s intermediate appellate court. He will then go on to a two-year clerkship at the Immigration Court in New York City.

Mr. Schneider graduated from California Polytechnic State University with a B.A. in Political Science. After college, he volunteered helping teach English as a Second Language in the Sacramento area.