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Asian Pacific Heritage Month 2010: Yasmin Naghash

May 1, 2010


Date: 05/01/2010 Description: Asian Pacific Heritage Month 2010: Yasmin Nagash - State Dept Image

Since February 2009, Yasmin Naghash has been a law clerk in the Office of the Legal Adviser, Division of International Claims and Investment Disputes where she works on legal issues involving the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal. She is simultaneously a full-time student at American University’s Washington College of Law and will graduate in May 2010.

Ms. Naghash is the daughter of Iranian-American parents who immigrated to the United States in 1977 to pursue education and never moved back. Her Asian ancestry dates back several thousand years to the ancient capital of the Persian Empire, Shooshtar, (English: Susa) and her family speaks a dialect of Persian known as Shooshtari that is devoid of Arabic words.

Ms. Naghash was born in Atlanta but has been residing in the Washington metropolitan area for twenty years. She was raised in a household with the awareness of simple but critical freedoms that would not be afforded to her had she lived in Iran. Accordingly, Ms. Naghash decided to pursue law, a profession that until recently did not carry much respect for women in post-1979 Iran.

Prior to attending law school, Ms. Naghash earned a BA degree in Political Science at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. As an undergraduate, she served as legal counsel for her college’s student government and helped create a minor in international relations.

Versed in three foreign languages, Ms. Naghash studied abroad three times under various scholarships including the NSEP Boren Scholarship and the Department of State Critical Language Scholarship. She has also interned for Federal Circuit Court Judge David Tatel of the D.C. Court of Appeals and for Congresswoman Constance Morella.

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