Sela Cowger ‘17
Primary Areas of Interest: Immigration and refugee policy and advocacy
Ms. Cowger earned her B.A. in political science with departmental distinction and University honors from the University of Chicago in 2012. During her undergraduate years, Ms. Cowger was awarded a Jeff Metcalf Fellowship with the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights, where she served as a guardian ad litem for unaccompanied immigrant children. Her experiences with immigrant youth inspired her to change the broken U.S. immigration system and to pursue a public interest career helping vulnerable non-citizens access essential governmental and legal services.
For her 2L summer, she interned at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Washington, DC. For her fall semester, she will be interning with the State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration. Ms. Cowger serves as Executive Articles Editor for the Temple International and Comparative Law Journal and as a fellow with the Institute for International Law and Public Policy. She has also served as Vice-President of Academic Affairs for the International Law Society and as Co-Chair of the Immigration & Human Rights Committee of the Temple Law Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild.
In addition to the Rubin-Presser Social Justice Fellowship, Ms. Cowger was selected for Temple’s Law & Public Policy Program and a Beasley scholarship.
Paige Joki ’17
Primary Areas of Interest: Prosecution of domestic and sexual violence, racial justice advocacy and policy
Ms. Joki graduated summa cum laude, with department honors, from Whitman College (Washington) in 2014. As a Whitman undergraduate, Ms. Joki was a debate team member and coach. She also organized and designed a daylong student-led symposium on power and privilege, the largest and most attended event in the college’s history.
Before and during law school, she interned with the Idaho Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence; she has also held law school internships with the Sheller Center for Social Justice at Temple and the NAACP-Legal Defense Fund in New York. Ms. Joki has served as Co-Chair of Temple’s Law Students for Reproductive Justice and Treasurer for the Family Law Society. Her professional interests include special victims prosecution and civil rights advocacy.
In addition to being a Rubin-Presser Social Justice Fellow, Ms. Joki is a NAACP Legal Defense Fund Earl Warren Fellow and was selected for the Hon. Louis H. Pollak Scholarship in summer 2016.