Uzma Burney BioUzma S. Burney,
'10, cum laude
, grew up in Kuwait, Pakistan, and the United States. She received her MA in European intellectual history from Rice University and her BA in history, high honors, from Smith College.
During her time at Michigan Law, Burney was a member of the first team to compete in the Jean C. Pictet Competition in International Humanitarian Law,
advancing to the international finals in 2009-2010. She was also a member of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Team for 2008-2009 and a coach for 2009-2010; served in the Student Network for Asylum and Refugee Law (SNARL) and as a student attorney at the Michigan Law Poverty Clinic; and was a member of the Fifth Colloquium on Challenges in International Refugee Law that produced the Michigan Guidelines on Refugees' Right to Work (Penelope Mathew, et al., "Challenges in International Refugee Law: The Michigan Guidelines on Right to Work" published in the Michigan Journal of International Law,
Vol. 21, No. 2, 293, Winter 2010 ). Burney was the recipient of the Jon Henry Kouba Prize for best student paper in international law, international peace and security in July 2010 and the National Association of Women Lawyers Award for commitment to social justice and achievement in academic and community work in 2009-2010. During her law school summers, Burney worked at the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan in Detroit and at Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle in New York City.
After graduation, Burney worked as an AmeriCorps attorney at the Victim Rights Law Center in Boston, providing legal representation to survivors of rape and sexual assault in court proceedings, immigration, education, housing, safety, and privacy. She is committed to working on issues related to human rights and women's rights in refugee and international law and to reducing the impact of violence against women.