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Professor Emily Ngara

Emily NgaraEmily C. Torstveit Ngara
Clinical Instructor

B.A., University of Washington, 2004; J.D., University of Pennsylvania, 2010.

Emily Torstveit Ngara is an instructor in the Immigration and Human Rights Clinic as well as an LL.M. candidate at the School of Law.

After graduating from law school, Emily began work as the Penn Law Philadelphia Fellow, splitting her time between Nationalities Service Center (NSC), a non-profit serving low-income immigrants, and the Toll Public Interest Center at Penn Law (TPIC). At NSC, Emily represented clients in a variety of immigration matters including family reunification, relief for victims of domestic violence, affirmative asylum and removal defense. At TPIC, Emily counseled students on pro bono opportunities and was very involved in expanding the participation of international students in public service. Following her fellowship, Emily served as law clerk to the Honorable Mitchel E. Ostrer in the New Jersey Superior Court Appellate Division. Emily was also a 2012 Fellow with the New Leaders Council Philadelphia Chapter.

While at Penn, Emily spent her 1L summer in Botswana interning for the first female High Court Justice, Dr. Unity Dow, assisting with cases involving constitutional issues, government corruption and contract disputes. Upon her return to Philadelphia, Emily served on the boards of the International Human Rights Advocates, the Equal Justice Foundation, and the Feminist Working Group. Emily was a member of the Journal of International Law, and served as Symposium Editor for the 2010 Symposium Afro Descendents and Indigenous Peoples in the Caribbean and Latin America: Legal Rights and Realities. Emily was a Leadership in Social Change Fellow, participating in a joint program with the School of Social Policy and Practice Non-Profit Leadership Program. Following her final year of law school Emily was selected as a Philadelphia Bar Association Law Student Pro Bono Honoree.

Emily is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar and the American Immigration Lawyers Association.


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