2017 APABA SILICON VALLEY / BALIF JOINT SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT


Itir Yakar

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Before attending UC Davis School of Law, Itir worked as a legal affairs journalist with the San Francisco Daily Journal and an ESL teacher in the API community. Itir came to law school to pursue a social justice and civil rights career. Her experience as an immigrant woman from a Muslim country shaped her interest in minority and women’s rights.

Itir has focused her efforts in the fields of LGBTQ rights, racial justice, criminal justice reform, and disability rights. She worked as an extern with the Contra Costa Public Defender’s Office, the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), the ACLU, the Equal Justice Society, the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund, the EEOC, and the California Supreme Court.  At King Hall, she served as Co-Chair of the National Lawyers Guild and was active with the Black Law Student Association, La Raza, Lambda, and the Disability Rights Law Association. Itir holds a dual Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations and French from UC Davis and Master’s degrees in law and journalism from Northwestern University.