Rebecca Haile is the author of Held at a Distance: My Rediscovery of Ethiopia, a memoir about her return to Ethiopia after her family’s forced exile following the 1974 revolution and twenty-five years in the United States. Ms. Haile is a graduate of Harvard Law School, where she was a member of the Harvard Law Review, and of Williams College. After law school, she clerked for Judge Dorothy Nelson of the United States 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and subsequently worked at law firms in Washington, DC and New York. She left the law to work as a freelance writer. She is a member of Manhattan’s Community Board 6 and active in other community organizations.