Rebecca Hufstader joined NSC in September 2015 as an Independence Foundation Fellow. Through her fellowship project, she represents people from the Philadelphia area who are affected by immigration detention. Rebecca defends clients in deportation proceedings and represents them before the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, where she files habeas corpus petitions seeking to vindicate their constitutional right to a bond hearing. Rebecca graduated from New York University Law School in 2015, where she participated in the Immigrant Rights Clinic for two years and had the opportunity to co-argue a seminal immigration case, Lora v. Shanahan, before the Second Circuit. Rebecca also interned at NSC during her second summer of law school. Prior to returning to NSC, Rebecca clerked for the Honorable Berle Schiller on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.