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P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans

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Mitra Ebadolahi, 2005

JD, New York University (NYU)

Mitra Ebadolahi is an immigrant from Iran

Fellowship awarded to support work towards a JD in Law at New York University (NYU)

Mitra Ebadolahi is the Border Litigation Project Staff Attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in San Diego, where she litigates civil rights abuses at the intersection of immigrants' rights, racial profiling, and police practices.  She is also a Lecturer-in-Law at UCI School of Law, where she has taught seminars on constitutional rights at the border and race & criminal justice, and lectured on immigration law and refugee & asylum law.

Born in Tehran, Iran, Mitra was naturalized in 2000. Her parents and brother now reside in Los Angeles, California.

Mitra completed her legal studies at New York University School of Law, where she was a Root-Tilden-Kern / Filomen D'Agostino Scholar and an Institute for International Law and Justice / Hugo Grotius Scholar.  She received her LL.M. in International Legal Studies in 2012; her thesis examined the human "collateral consequences" of post-September 11 counterterrorism law and policy, using the control order regime in the U.K. as a case study.  Mitra earned her JD, cum laude, in 2008, serving as the Senior Notes Editor of the New York University Law Review in 2007-08.  She also holds a MSc in Politics of the World Economy from the London School of Economics, where she was a Fulbright Scholar, received the department's award for best dissertation, and graduated first in her class.  She received a double BA in international development studies and history from the University of California, Los Angeles, graduating summa cum laude with election to Phi Beta Kappa. While at UCLA, Mitra spent a semester abroad in Havana, Cuba.

Following graduation, Mitra clerked for Judge Betty B. Fletcher of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Seattle, Washington and for Judge Margaret M. Morrow of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California in downtown Los Angeles, California. Mitra also was the inaugural Nadine Strossen Fellow at the ACLU's National Security Project in New York City from 2011-2013.

  • LLM International Legal Studies | New York University (NYU) 2012
  • JD Law | New York University (NYU) 2008
  • MSc Politics of the World Economy | London School of Economics & Political Science 2004
  • BA International Development Studies | University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) 2002
  • Institute for International Law & Justice Scholar, NYU Law, 2005-08
  • Hugo Grotius Scholarship (LL.M.), NYU Law, 2009-10
  • Nadine Strossen Fellowship, ACLU National Security Project, 2011-13
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association Arthur C. Helton Human Rights Award, 2016 (for ACLU's Border Litigation Project with co-awardee James Duff Lyall)
  • UC Regents' Scholar, UCLA
  • Outstanding Senior Award, UCLA, 2003
  • U.S.-U.K. Fulbright Scholar (2003/04)
  • Susan Strange Dissertation Prize, London School of Economics, 2004
  • Root-Tilden-Kern Filomen D'Agostino Scholarship, NYU Law, 2005-08
  • Mitra Ebadolahi, Note, Using Structural Interdicts and the South African Human Rights Commission to Achieve Judicial Enforcement of Economic and Social Rights in South Africa, 83 NYU L. Rev. 1565 (2008).
Work History
  • American Civil Liberties Union, Staff Attorney | January 2011
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