University of Pennsylvania Law School
Ghulum and Arifa Azad Family
Fatoumata is a rising second year at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. She completed her undergraduate education at New York University (NYU), where she studied “African Political Development and Colonial History.” A self-identified Black Muslim feminist, Fatoumata was born and raised in New York City to West-African immigrants. Her intersectional identity has shaped her commitment to social justice and passion to use the law as a tool to advocate for marginalized and underserved communities throughout inner-city America.
Prior to law school, she was a Corporate Paralegal at Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz and a Civic Organizer at an African immigrant rights organization called African Communities Together. At Wachtell Lipton, she worked on key M&A transactions and on a number of pro bono projects, including a Legal Aid Society housing discrimination matter and a SNAP retroactive project. As a Civic Organizer, Fatoumata helped advocate for the unique challenges facing Black immigrants on the local and national landscape. She successfully helped mobilize the inclusion of French and Arabic in New York City’s language access plan and coordinated a coalition to combat the refugee and Muslim ban as well as the termination of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Fatoumata also completed a rigorous nine month fellowship, in which she explored public affairs in New York City and local governance and politics, called the Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs.
After law school, Fatoumata hopes to embark on her career as a litigator, potentially practicing in the area of international arbitration or labor & employment law. She truly believes that her community is her responsibility and she works to be an institution of change within it. She foresees herself running for local office in New York City.
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