Iranian-American Judge Receives Prestigious Awards

Judge Ipema has received a prestigious award by the Tom Homman LGBT Law Association. This year’s “Friend of the Community Award” will go out to the Honorable Tamila E. Ipema at THLA’s 2016 Annual Awards Dinner.

This is what the THLA had to say about Judge Ipema in it’s Awards Recipient Announcement today: “Judge Tamila Ebrahimi Ipema was born and educated in Iran. In 1978, Judge Ipema moved to the United States to pursue higher education, including her two law degrees. Judge Ipema has been a judicial officer for over ten years, and has extensive judicial experience in variety of cases. Judge Ipema has been dedicated to advancing opportunity and equality for all individuals. Judge Ipema serves or has served on the Judicial Council’s Access and Fairness Advisory Committee, ADA Advisory Subcommittee, Racial and Ethnic Fairness Advisory Subcommittee, and the Board of Directors of the National Association of Women Judges, just to name a few. Closer to home, Judge Ipema has served as a mentor to many law students of color, LGBT students, and students whose home is abroad. Judge Ipema has touched the lives of many high school, college, and law students through her community outreach and involvement. THLA is proud to award its Friend of the Community Award to a great ally of the LGBT community.”

Judge Ipema is also receiving the “Outstanding Jurist Award” on May 6, 2016 during a Luncheon by the San Diego County Bar Association. The 2016 SDCBA Service Awards will be presented at the SDCBA’s Annual Awards Luncheon& Celebration of Community Service on May 6, at the Westin San Diego(Emerald Plaza) from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.The event takes place during the SDCBA’s celebration of Law Week and will also highlight the various public service activities, events and community outreach initiatives the SDCBA participates in throughout the year. If you would like to attend, tickets will be available through the SDCBA website at
IABA Member Receives Prestigious Scholarship
IABA member, Safora Nowrouzi, has been selected as the recipient of the National Association of Women Judges Access to Justice Scholarship. This scholarship is given to an enrolled second or third year law student in good academic standing who has demonstrated a sustained and passionate commitment to the achievement of equality of opportunity and access in the system of justice. She is a rising star and the first Iranian-American to receive this award.

Ms. Nowrouzi will receive her award at the Tom Homann Law Association Awards Dinner and ceremony on April 14, 2016.