The Iranian American Bar Association (IABA) is proud to award its annual scholarship grants to two outstanding candidates: Nima Rahimi and Roxana Rahmani. Each scholarship recipient will receive $2,500. IABA received numerous applications from candidates at law schools throughout the country. We are overwhelmed and tremendously proud of the achievements of each of our applicants, and commend them on their fine successes to-date.
Nima is a second year law student at the University of California, Davis. Before law school, he attended the London School of Economics in pursuit of a Master of Science in global politics. For his Bachelor of Arts, he studied political science and German at the University of California, Berkeley. Over the last few years, his work experience has included helping young refugees through the Red Cross, teaching middle school children speech, debate, and theater, and gaining experience working for two law firms. During this time, he has represented and advocated on behalf of the Iranian-American community through his work with BAIAD (Bay Area Iranian American Democrats). As a young college student, Nima volunteered briefly with Ms. Banafsheh Akhlaghi’s former non-profit organization (NLSCA), which advocated on behalf of our community’s members who were adversely affected by the USA PATRIOT ACT. He also wrote many research essays through his coursework about Iranian history, culture, and politics in the context of international relations. Nima hopes to continue to work for the Iranian-American community through various avenues of involvement as he progresses through his law career.
Roxana is a rising second year student at Harvard Law where she serves as an officer in the Women’s Law Association, a board member of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, and co-chair of the National Lawyers Guild. She graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a B.A. in Government & Politics and American Studies. She spent a year working at an animal rights organization in Washington, DC before beginning law school and has since developed a focus in gender issues and human rights work. This summer, Roxana worked at a grassroots law collective dealing with a variety of human rights and social justice issues, focusing on sexual minority rights. This year she will be participating in the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic.
IABA is proud that there are so many accomplished and gifted Iranian-American law students. We hope that by awarding annual scholarships, we encourage more students to take active leadership roles in the Iranian-American and broader legal community. Congratulations to the recipients of the 2010/2011 IABA Scholarships, as well as all of our applicants on all of their achievements.
If you would like to donate to the 2011/2012 IABA Scholarship, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.