July 27, 2011 – Nahal Iravani-Sani has been elected to serve as president of the Iranian American Bar Association (IABA). With approximately 1500 members in nine metropolitan areas, IABA is one of the most active minority bar associations in the United States.
Outgoing president Karen Ostad remarked, “I am delighted to be succeeded in this role by Nahal, who is an active and valued voice in the Iranian-American community. She has a history of service on the national Board of Directors of IABA and the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA), and is a frequent speaker on issues of importance to the community.”
Iravani-Sani is a Deputy District Attorney, prosecuting a myriad of criminal offenses in Santa Clara County, California since 1995. Her current post is serving on the Consumer and Environmental Protection Unit where her practice area focuses on prosecuting individual and corporate violators of environmental crimes. Iravani-Sani is also a Lecturer of Law at Santa Clara University School of Law in Trial Techniques. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Irvine, and her law degree from Santa Clara University School of Law.
In anticipation of her position, Iravani-Sani stated “It is with great honor that I accept this role as President of IABA. The organization has had significant accomplishments since its inception in 2000, and I am delighted to follow in the footsteps of remarkable past leaders of the organization. The horizon is bright with the inception of a new fellowship in conjunction with the Asian Law Caucus, launch of pro bono clinics throughout our chapters, and establishment of endorsement guidelines for judicial and political candidates. We will also be building on our annual scholarship fund for deserving law students, continuing to provide community service and networking opportunities to our members, and speaking out on important legal issues affecting our community.”
As the national voice of the Iranian American legal profession, the IABA is a non-religious, non-partisan, non-profit independent professional organization with chapters in Washington D.C, New York, Chicago, Houston, Seattle, San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles, and Northern California.