Clara graduated cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School in 2012. Before joining the Bronx Defenders, Clara was a law clerk to the Honorable Sarah Netburn in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. At Michigan, Clara was a Dean’s Public Service Fellow, an editor for the Journal of Law Reform, and a member of the Federal Appellate Litigation Clinic, which brought criminal appeals on behalf of indigent defendants. During law school, Clara was an intern at the Bronx Defenders, Family Defense Practice; South Brooklyn Legal Services, HIV Project; and the AIRE Centre, an asylum and immigration litigation group in London. Prior to law school, Clara was a Senior Associate at Human Rights Watch, HIV/AIDS Division and a Clinton Fellow at the Centre for Social Research, a women’s rights organization in Delhi, India. Clara received a B.A. in History from Carleton College in 2004. She is fluent in Spanish.