Fellows Advisory Council Member
Bahar Mirhosseni is currently the Associate Director of Training at Movement Law Lab, an organization committed to building power in black and brown communities by incubating legal projects that combine law and community organizing to protect, defend, and embolden racial justice movements. Bahar began her career as a Staff Attorney in the Brooklyn office of The Legal Aid Society of New York. There, as one of the nation’s first publicly funded criminal-immigration attorneys, she represented predominantly detained non-citizens in complex removal cases, advised criminal defense lawyers across New York City, and conducted post-conviction advocacy. Admitted to the Bar in New York and California, she has also served as a public defender in Los Angeles County.
Bahar served as an ILF International Fellow in the West Bank in 2014 and 2015 and in Tunisia in 2019. She also managed a legal education program for Palestinian law students from every university in the West Bank as a Legal Specialist with the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative. Bahar holds a BA from the University of California, Berkeley and a JD from the City University of New York School of Law (2007) where she was awarded the Haywood Burns Fellowship in Civil and Human Rights. She is a member of the VONA Voices community of writers, a contributing editor at Kweli Journal, and a recipient of Hedgebrook Writing Residency’s Women Authoring Change Fellowship in honor of slain Libyan human rights lawyer Salwa Bugaighis.