New York, New Jersey, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University, J.D., 2009
University of Tennessee, Knoxville, M.M. in music performance, 2005; M.M. in musicology, 2006
Rice University, B.A., 2001
Clara has been a solo practitioner since 2010. She concentrates in legal research and writing at the federal district court and appellate levels. As a freelance lawyer, Clara often works closely with local Criminal Justice Act panel attorneys and has been appointed at their various requests pursuant to the CJA to assist in numerous complex federal criminal cases, trials, and appeals.
Clara is experienced in developing trial strategies, addressing highly complex legal and factual issues, conducting legal research and analysis, and drafting civil and criminal motions and pleadings. She is the co-author of an article on the historical evolution of the bail system from the early English laws through the Bail Reform Act of 1984, which emphasizes the important role that the granting or denial of bail plays in every subsequent stage of a federal criminal proceeding.
Before starting her own practice, Clara worked for several experienced solo practitioners as well as a boutique criminal defense firm in the New York City area. During law school, she spent a summer as a judicial intern for Magistrate Judge Steven M. Gold in the Eastern District of New York.
While at Cardozo School of Law, Clara was a member of the Arts and Entertainment Law Journal, a fellow with the Program in Holocaust and Human Rights Studies, a member of the Human Rights and Genocide Clinic, and the recipient of the Bryne Judicial Fellowship.
Before law school, Clara earned a Master’s of Music in Violin Performance and performed in numerous local and regional orchestras.