IABA – NY Newsletter

IABA – NY Newsletter

Spring 2017

Iranian American Bar Association at a glance

IABA was formed sixteen years ago in D.C. and consisted of four members at the time. The association has expanded remarkably since then and now has eight chapters.

IABA is a professional organization that seeks to educate and inform the Iranian-American community about legal issues of interest and to ensure that the American public at large, our local representatives, and other government officials are fully and accurately informed on legal matters of interest and concern to the Iranian-American community. IABA also strives to foster and promote the achievements of Iranian-American lawyers and other legal professionals. IABA is an independent, non-religious and apolitical organization. IABA is not a lobbying or advocacy group; it is primarily an educational organization.

The New York chapter has been one the most active branches of IABA due to its devoted members. The New York chapter has more than 350 members comprised of attorneys, law students and judges based in the New York metropolitan area.

IABA AND THE TWO EXECUTIVE ORDERS

IABA, Along with Other Organizations Filed Federal Lawsuit Against Travel Ban Executive Order.

Shortly after Executive Order (EO) 13769 was signed by President Trump, members of IABA held an emergency call to evaluate the situation and to find out the potential ways to help those who were impacted.

Holding Know Your Right sessions, preparing a handout educating people about their rights both in English and Farsi (click here), referring people in need of legal aid to those who could help them, informing airlines, which were avoiding Iranian nationals onboard, about the changes made in the situation after federal court decisions’ were among several steps we took to help address some of the hardships faced by Iranian nationals as well as other members of our community.

In addition, IABA along with three other prominent Iranian Americn organizations, namely, Pars Equality Center, the National Iranian American Council, and the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans filed a complaint before the United States District of Columbia District Court on February 8th to challenge the discriminatory EO. The Complaint was amended on March 15th when the new EO regarding the travel restrictions was signed. To read more about it click here.
The impact of the EO is still ongoing. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact us through our website. (Click here)

Past Events

On November 2nd, 2016, the CLE Committee organized an event entitled Domestic and International Asset Planning and Protection. Participated by dozens of lawyers, various asset protection strategies, including estate and tax planning, for domestic and overseas assets were discussed. Speakers from Baker & McKenzie LLP, Phillips Nizer LLP and Wells Fargo Advisors LLC also discussed the ways in which these strategies apply to assets in Iran in light of the existing sanctions regime.

On December 1st, 2016, IABA NY brought lawyers and non-lawyers together for a networking event at Chatanooga Restaurant on Long Island. It was a great opportunity for our members and others to enjoy each other’s company and discuss their respective practice areas.

On December 4th, 2016, the Pro Bono committee held its annual Pro Bono Law Day event at Cardozo School of Law, which was very well attended. Members of the community were helped by volunteer attorneys who provided legal information to help address various issues of interest to our community members. Twelve different cases were handled that day with our Farsi-speaking attorneys.

A Lot is happening at IABA-NY Join Us at Our Next Event!

Our events have been appreciated by attorneys, law students and other members of community.

On November 2nd, 2016, the CLE Committee organized an event entitled Domestic and International Asset Planning and Protection. Participated by dozens of lawyers, various asset protection strategies, including estate and tax planning, for domestic and overseas assets were discussed. Speakers from Baker & McKenzie LLP, Phillips Nizer LLP and Wells Fargo Advisors LLC also discussed the ways in which these strategies apply to assets in Iran in light of the existing sanctions regime.

On December 1st, 2016, IABA NY brought lawyers and non-lawyers together for a networking event at Chatanooga Restaurant on Long Island. It was a great opportunity for our members and others to enjoy each other’s company and discuss their respective practice areas.

On December 4th, 2016, the Pro Bono committee held its annual Pro Bono Law Day event at Cardozo School of Law, which was very well attended. Members of the community were helped by volunteer attorneys who provided legal information to help address various issues of interest to our community members. Twelve different cases were handled that day with our Farsi-speaking attorneys.

On January 25th, 2017, IABA NY held a Mentoring Circle Panel at Fordham School of Law to discus various career options in law with current and prospective students. Topics included the benefits and disadvantages of big firm versus small firm, private versus public sector and other topics were discussed by attorneys who have been practicing in various fields.

On February 28th, 2017, another Mentoring Circle Panel was held at NYU Law School focusing on careers in public interest. Law students from different law schools were exposed to the various areas of practice in the public sector from immigration to clerkship for a Supreme Court Justice

On February 21st, 2017, IABA NY co-sponsored a Know Your Rights training seminar for attorneys, along with CAIR-NY, the Association of Muslim-American Lawyers, the New York Civil Liberties Union, the Muslim Bar Association of New York, and Chadbourne & Parke, regarding the impact of President Trump’s executive order and measures that at-risk travelers can take to prevent and respond to discrimination.

On March 7th, a day after President Trump signed the second EO on immigration, IABA – NY organized a panel discussion with 5 panelists from different legal backgrounds to discuss the executive orders that have restricted travel for Iranians and people from other countries. The discussion was geared towards both non-lawyers and lawyers alike. The panelists discussed the scope of the executive orders, the impact that the orders have had or will have on the Iranian community, the litigation surrounding the travel ban, and a presentation entitled “Know Your Rights” enumerating peoples rights if detained at the airports or approached by law enforcement.

A Spotlight on Some of IABA – ABA Board Members

Rebecca Ahdoot is a senior associate at Foran Glennon Palandech Ponzi & Rudloff, PC. She concentrates her practice on personal injury, property
damage, professional liability, and products liability defense work. She has been in the IABA since 2010 and has proudly served in roles as events
coordinator, Board Member, and Vice President

Pejman Sharifi is an intellectual property partner in Winston & Strawn’s New York office who concentrates his practice in transactional, counseling, litigation,and licensing matters. Mr. Sharifi’s experience includes supporting clients in the development and protection of intellectual property in the fields of electronic, software, and business-methods
technology. Mr. Sharifi’s technology experience includes telecommunications, cellular telephony, wireless local area networks, digital communications, semiconductor technology, power technology, programmable logic devices, smart cards and software. Mr. Sharifi received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland in 1991 and a J.D., cum laude, from the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law in 1997.

Sheila Mortazavi is a partner at Kenyon & Kenyon LLP. She has over a decade of experience litigating intellectual property matters before federal district and appellate courts, arbitration panels, and the International Trade Commission. She has represented parties in patent infringement cases in a wide variety of technical areas, including consumer electronics, electrical connectors, automotive components, medical devices and pharmaceuticals. Ms. Mortazavi has also represented clients in unfair competition and trademark matters.

IABA – NY Board Members are among most active ones throughout the country.

IABA Annual Nowruz Dinner

What is next?

IABA Annual Nowruz Dinner Nowruz is here and we are once again celebrating the Iranian New Year. Please join us at The New York County Lawyers Association on Sunday, April 23rd, 2017. Our keynote speakers will be Alvin Bragg, the New York State Executive Deputy Attorney General for Social Justice, who oversaw the New York State lawsuit challenging the travel ban on behalf of the State of New York and Cyrus Mehri, of Mehri & Skalet, PLLC, who has led a key effort challenging the Trump Administration’s Executive Order Banning Iranian Nationals from Entering the US. IABA – NY Nowruz Gala is always sold out.

This year there will be a special performance of a selection of Waterwell’s Hamlet, a new adaptation of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedy, set in pre-WWI Iran, and starring Tony-nominee Arian Moayed. The event, also includes live Persian music, Persian cuisine and an open bar.

Contact us, get updated, and be involved

IABA – NY encourages all the members and others to get involved. To find out how you can be a part of our organization visit our websit. Please
also join our Linkedin and Facebook group to get updates about upcoming events. You can also reach out to the Association by contacting us at
bod@iabany.org. We are honored to answer your questions regarding our events, Pro Bono activities, Mentoring programs and any other inquiries.

Iranian American Bar Association New York Chapter

bod@iaba-ny.org

This issue is prepared by AMir Fadavi Ardekani, the student representative of the Association