School: Arizona State University
Sponsor: Islamic Institute of Orange County
Tarik Jalanbo is a third-year student at Arizona State’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. He also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley, and completed his Masters degree in Business Administration (M.B.A.) while working in Southern California.
As the son of a Syrian political exile, Tarik was raised to think globally and act locally. He is regularly involved with the various masajid he has lived around, and has served with multiple Muslim Student Associations. As a veteran of several Islamic schools in Southern California, Tarik began mentoring Muslim youth for several years prior to attending law school. Tarik has been blessed to visit numerous Muslim communities around the world as an Islamic artist and co-founder of the nasheed group, NOOR, dedicated to the creation of halal entertainment alternatives and the promotion of positive Muslim identities for Muslim youth around the world.
During law school, Tarik clerked with the Southern California chapter of CAIR’s civil rights division, where he assisted community members and completed research on anti-Muslim discrimination in child custody proceedings across the United States. Tarik also spent the summer training in indigenous criminal defense as a law clerk with the Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office, working with both adult and juvenile defendants. He is currently clerking with the Immigration Clinic on special juvenile immigration cases and has completed hundreds of hours of pro bono service.
Tarik is an attorney at Adams Stirling PLC in Greater Los Angeles Area.