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 Inspiring Paths: Azadeh Shahshahani ('04)


Date: 02/13/2020
Time: 06:00 PM to 08:00 PM
Sponsor: Office of Career Planning
Contact: Office of Career Planning

Location: Lawyer's Club Lounge

Description: Azadeh Shahshahani ('04) is the Legal & Advocacy Director of Project South, a Southern-based leadership development organization that creates spaces for movement building. The Legal & Advocacy department of Project South connects legal and advocacy work and movement lawyers with grassroots organizations with a focus on immigrants’ rights and defending Muslim communities against state repression. Their work is also focused on connecting with and supporting social justice movements in the Global South. Azadeh has worked for 15 years in the U.S. South to protect and defend immigrants and Muslim, Middle Eastern, and South Asian communities. She previously served as president of the National Lawyers Guild and as National Security/Immigrants’ Rights Project Director with the ACLU of Georgia. Azadeh has also served as a trial monitor in Turkey, an election monitor in Venezuela and Honduras, and as a member of the jury in people’s tribunals on Mexico, the Philippines, and Brazil.

Azadeh is the author or editor of several human rights reports, including a 2017 report titled “Imprisoned Justice: Inside Two Georgia Immigrant Detention Centers.” Her writings have appeared in the Guardian, the Nation, MSNBC, USA Today, Aljazeera, and HuffPost, among others. Azadeh is the recipient of numerous awards including the National Lawyers Guild Ernie Goodman Award, the Emory Law School Outstanding Leadership in the Public Interest Award, the US Human Rights Network Human Rights Movement Builder Award, and the American Immigration Lawyers Association Advocacy Award. She has also been recognized as an Abolitionist by the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University & the Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives, and as one of Atlanta’s 500 Most Powerful Leaders by Atlanta Magazine.

Come spend a night with the public interest community and hear Azadeh speak about her efforts to defend immigrants and fight racism, the rewards, challenges, and responsibilities of public service, and why no matter where you find yourself during or following law school, as a Michigan Law graduate you will be in a position to make a difference and improve the world around you. Dinner will be provided. Please RSVP to event via Symplicity by no later than Friday, February 7th.