The Iranian American Bar Association Foundation (IABA Foundation) was formed in 2013 as the charitable arm of the Iranian American Bar Association (IABA). The objectives of this corporation are to carry out various charitable and educational activities and to support IABA, as a professional organization. IABA, established in the year 2000, has grown to include nine chapters throughout the US, with a membership of over 1500 prominent attorneys, law students, law professors and members of the judiciary.
The IABA Foundation’s first order of business was to commit to continue IABA’s annual Iranian American Law Student Scholarship program. This program provides for scholarships to selected full-time students at accredited law schools in the United States and is meant to encourage legal education within the Iranian-American community. This program is now well established and financial awards have been granted to more than 23 law students.
With the objective of creating national dialogue and connection of IABA members across the US, the National Annual Conference was inaugurated in 2014. The first conference was held in Los Angeles, California, with over 150 members from various states in attendance. US representative Edward Royce of the 39th District of California and Chairman of the board of the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA) , Ali Mojdehi, honored the conference as keynote speakers. The 2015 conference will be held in Irvine, California, co-sponsored by the University of California Irvine, School of Law.
The Foundation, in coordination with IABA and in furtherance of its objectives to promote educational and charitable events, helped sponsor several Iranian law students attending the Jessup International Moot Court competitions in Washington DC in April of 2015.
Finally, the Foundation, in cooperation with IABA, provides educational and charitable support to the local IABA chapters active now in New York, Washington DC, Chicago, Phoenix, Dallas, San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles and San Francisco.
IABA Foundation is a tax-exempt, non-profit organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. As such, all donations to IABA Foundation are tax-deductible.