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Northern California Chapter Annual Dinner
Thursday, October 8th, 2015 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The Northern California Chapter of the Iranian American Bar Association
Eighth Annual Dinner
Fairmont Hotel, 950 Mason Street, SF CA 94108
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Online tickets sales end Monday October 5, 2015; tickets will not be available at the door.
Our annual dinner will feature a keynote presentation by Mr. Reza Banki. Mr. Banki was arrested in 2010 and incarcerated for 22 months during his prosecution, conviction and successful appeal on charges of violating export control laws on Iran. These charges were brought against him as result of having received money from family in Iran. IABA submitted an appellate amicus brief in Mr. Banki’s case in 2011; this was one of IABA’s first major pro bono efforts. Mr. Banki has since spoken on the topic of wrongful prosecution and defects in our criminal justice system in a TED talk and at academic and legal conferences.
Our annual dinner also features three award categories to honor individuals and organizations that have provided distinguished service to the Iranian American community, made a community impact, and have provided significant pro bono services.
In recognition of Significant Pro Bono Services: Ali Mojdehi, Cooley LLP in filing suit against the Department of Justice blanket order that Immigration Judge Afsaneh Ashley Tabaddor recuse herself from hearing cases of Iranian nationals. http://www.cooley.com/tabaddor
In recognition of Impact on the Iranian-American Community: Nazy Fahimi, PARS Equality Center. Founded by Bita Daryabari in 2010, PARS provides social and legal support for all members of the Iranian American community, including refugees, asylees, immigrants and the American-born. The Center advocates for more positive perceptions of Iranians in the U.S. media, while offering services and programs that help establish, integrate and support Iranian Americans. http://www.parsequalitycenter.org/
In recognition of Distinguished Service: Neda Mansoorian, California Women Lawyers. California Women Lawyers was charted in 1974 and is the statewide bar association for women in California, representing over 40,000 lawyers. Neda Mansoorian is the Immediate Past President of the CWL, and currently serves as the President of the CWL Foundation and the CWL In-House Counsel Network. She is a partner and the Chief Legal Officer of McManis Faulkner in Silicon Valley. http://www.cwl.org/
Guest performance by soprano Raeeka Shehabi-Yaghmai, with pianist
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