Press Release by The National Legal Sanctuary for Community Advancement (NLSCA)
The National Legal Sanctuary for Community Advancement (NLSCA) would like to warmly congratulate its President and CEO, Banafsheh Akhlaghi, for being recognized by the Daily Journal as "Top 100 Influential Lawyers" in California for 2005.
The 8th Annual list of "Top 100 Influential Lawyers" was determined by the California Daily Journal staff and the legal community. Honorees were identified as those attorneys wielding an exceptional amount of influence within their respective fields. The title is indeed a great honor and we are proud of Ms. Akhlaghi for her accomplishment.
Lawyers representing very diverse backgrounds are celebrated in this list; they range from Warren Christopher, former U.S. Secretary of State under the Clinton Administration; Ronald M. George, Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court; Kamala D. Harris, District Attorney for the County of San Francisco; to Bill Lockyer, Attorney General for the State of California.
In the words of the Daily Journal's editor, Martin Berg, "Some are power brokers and insiders... others fight for the powerless and those caught inside excesses of the war on terrorism… some are household names… others work along the cutting edge of technology or explore provocative ways of using old laws to tackle new problems." We are excited and encouraged by the fact that Ms. Akhlaghi's unique and invaluable contribution to the community is being recognized. NLSCA is currently the only organization of its kind, a true grassroots body dedicated to protecting the civil rights of Middle Eastern, Muslim, and South Asian peoples suffering from post 9/11 discrimination in the United States. Leaving behind a professorship of Constitutional Law, Ms. Akhlaghi took on this enormous challenge in 2001 and has since represented hundreds of immigrants being detained, deported, or investigated under the U.S.A. Patriot Act. NLSCA has served as an essential force to counter the many forms of institutionalized discrimination that these targeted communities have been experiencing in the past few years.
Please join NLSCA's staff in congratulating Ms. Akhlaghi on this outstanding achievement!
For more information, please visit our website at http://legalsanctuary.org or call us at (415) 553-7100.
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