Brhan Ahmed – 2017 Recipient

Major: Law
Degree: J.D.
School: UC Berkeley School of Law
Sponsor:
CAIR California and Khan-Pirzada Family 

 

 


Message to Supporters: 
My family and I would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for making this scholarship possible.  As a first-generation, low-income law student, I faced many challenges getting to UC Berkeley School of Law, and I continue to face obstacles to this day. In fact, one of my greatest challenges currently is getting a tailored suit to wear to my court appearances and to job interviews. Thanks to your generosity, I can actually afford to reallocate some of my law school loans in order to buy my first tailored suit!  With it, I plan to land an amazing job that will enable me to serve the Muslim community and empower individuals to stand up for their rights. Ultimately, with my J.D. from Boalt Hall, I strive to apply my knowledge of Islam to build bridges and affect positive change in public opinion and public policy as an attorney (and perhaps as a politician in the future). I sincerely appreciate your efforts, and may Allah almighty reward you for your good deeds.

Bio: Brhan Ahmed is a J.D. candidate at UC Berkeley School of Law, where he currently serves as a board member for Boalt Hall Muslim Students’ Association. Brhan was a first-generation college student, and he will be the first in his family to become an attorney. Born to Yemeni immigrants in Fresno, California, Brhan grew up on a small goat farm. In addition to raising animals and tending to his mother’s crops, Brhan worked at his father’s grocery store from age eight, eventually becoming a co-manager as a sophomore in high school.  Due to the post-9/11 prejudice he and his family experienced in the Central Valley, Brhan left the farm life and traveled to Washington, D.C. in hopes of attaining the education he needed to combat Islamophobia and to influence public opinion and public policy. Brhan studied Arabic, theology, and political theory at Georgetown University. As an intern for Georgetown University’s Campus Ministry, Brhan coordinated interfaith dialogues and worked towards peacebuilding.  He also worked on Capitol Hill as a congressional intern and spent a year studying Arabic and theology in Amman, Jordan. After graduating magna cum laude from Georgetown University in May 2015, Brhan dedicated a year to work full-time for a brokerage company and real estate firm so that he could afford a law school education. As a rising second-year law student at Boalt Hall, Brhan presently works as a judicial extern for the United States Department of Labor’s Office of Administrative Law Judges.


Areas of Interest:
Civil Rights, General Litigation

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