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About Us

As the name suggests, we are the section of the Iranian American Bar Association serving the New York metropolitan area. 

At the New York Chapter of the Iranian American Bar Association (IABA-NY), we focus our efforts on serving the professional interests of the Iranian American legal professionals: attorneys or law students, professors or judges.  The Chapter is governed by a Board of Directors that is open to any member who is willing to devote the time to help achieve our mission.

In the past year alone, we have sought to achieve our mission by: (1) establishing the IABA Network, an electronic network where client referrals and legal questions can easily flow; (2) sponsoring networking events where attorneys can meet fellow attorneys (and often, members of other professions); (3) holding free legal education seminars (CLEs); (4) mentoring attorneys and law students alike as they seek to navigate their professional careers; and (5) assisting members seeking jobs in their searches.

And, no we are not always about the law.  While our networking events are typically held in trendy bars and lounges, we have specifically taken time out for purely non-legal activities as well.  Among them have been a Nowruz Dinner, as well as participation in the Persian Parade and a Summer Picnic in Central Park.

About the IABA

Formed in 2000, the Iranian American Bar Association ("IABA") is a non-profit educational and professional membership national organization that seeks to educate and inform the Iranian American community about legal issues of interest, and strives to publicize and promote the interests of Iranian American attorneys and other legal professionals.  IABA is a non-religious, independent organization and is not in any way affiliated with any other organization. IABA is not a lobbying or advocacy group, but primarily an educational organization.   The IABA has chapters around the country, including chapters in Washington D.C., Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, Northern California, and Chicago.  To learn more about the IABA, please visit www.iaba.us


 
 

Programs

The New York Chapter of the Iranian American Bar Association is pleased to offer a variety of programs and events to our members. Some of these programs are ongoing while others are past events. Please visit our News Page for upcoming IABA-NY events and to read our chapter newsletter.

IABA Network

With more than 250 Iranian-American lawyers in our chapter, IABA-NY is a significant resource for potential new clients, answers to legal questions, and other matters of interest to the legal community.  With the IABA Network, we have made it possible for you to reach out to the entire IABA-NY membership with the click of a single button.  You simply send your posting to iabany@yahoogroups.com and your comment will be automatically distributed to the entire IABA Network.

We encourage you to post any referrals or legal questions that you may have.  Please feel free to let us know if there is some other matter that you wish to share with the IABA Network.

Not yet on the IABA Network?  Simply email us at bod@iaba-ny.org and we’ll be happy to include you.

Job Opportunities/Mentoring

At IABA-NY, we are dedicated to enhancing the skills and careers of our members.  Our Mentoring Program is intended to match interested law students and new attorneys with experienced attorneys in order to foster the professional development of our colleagues.  We are also strongly committed to providing our members with resources, tips and guidance to find new job opportunities.  

For more information, please visit the Jobs and Mentoring sections of our website.  

Networking Nights

IABA-NY has repeatedly brought together attorneys to meet and network in various informal settings.  Our Networking Nights have been great opportunities to catch up with old friends, make new connections, and strengthen the professional relationships within our community.

Our recent networking nights have taken place at trendy and enjoyable NYC venues including:  RoomFifty5 at the Dream Hotel, Sip City in Great Neck, Casa La Femme in the West Village and more.  These events have attracted large and vibrant crowds of attorneys and non-attorneys alike.  Our thanks to our Social Director, Rebecca Ahdoot, who leads our efforts in organizing Networking Nights.  To suggest a venue for a future event or to help organize our Networking Nights, please contact us at bod@iaba-ny.org.

IABA NY Networking Nights are an excellent way to build your career and build our community.  Look for details on our next networking night in our News section.

Continuing Legal Education Program

IABA NY coordinates two CLE programs a year; one in the fall and one in the spring. These CLE's are complimentary for our members. IABA NY seeks out accomplished speakers and works with top law firms to create each CLE.

Be sure to look for information on our next CLE event. If you have a topic for a CLE or wish to help organize a future CLE, please contact us at bod@iaba-ny.org.

Pro Bono Program

This year, the IABA-NY Chapter launched a new Pro Bono Program to connect its member attorneys to volunteer opportunities through which they can provide free legal assistance to Iranians and Iranian-Americans in need.   

In the Program’s first case, the New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) referred an Iranian man who needed help with the asylum process and his interview with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service Asylum Office.  

Volunteer attorneys from the IABA community provided guidance and assistance to the individual for his interview and application process.  Parisa Karaahmet, a Partner at Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP, kindly stepped up and became our first volunteer attorney.  IABA-NY Vice President Pejman Sharifi, a Partner at Winston & Strawn, LLP also provided assistance. Fortunately, the case was approved and Asylum status was granted a few weeks after the interview.  The individual is now afforded all the rights granted to an asylee in the United States, namely that he can now live and work in the United States permanently in conjunction with his status.     

If you would like further information about the Pro Bono Program, please send us an e-mail to bod@iaba-ny.org with “Pro Bono” in the subject line.   

PLEASE NOTE:  If you are an Iranian or Iranian-American in need of free legal assistance, we are not equipped to meet with you in the first instance, but must refer you to a non-profit legal services organization in the Tri State area for screening based on need.  If your matter is referred to us, we will attempt to find a volunteer attorney among our membership.  Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee assistance.

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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