The Iranian American Bar Association (IABA) was formed in 2000 in the District of Columbia. Having begun with one chapter and only four founding members, IABA has grown to include nine chapters nationwide and a membership of prominent attorneys, law students, and members of the judiciary. IABA’s chapters include: Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, Northern California, Orange County, Phoenix, San Diego, and Washington, D.C.
IABA is a professional organization that seeks to educate and inform the Iranian-American community about legal issues of interest and to ensure that the American public at large, our local representatives, and other government officials are fully and accurately informed on legal matters of interest and concern to the Iranian American community. IABA also strives to foster and promote the achievements of Iranian American lawyers and other legal professionals. IABA is an independent, non-religious, and apolitical organization. IABA is not a lobbying or advocacy group; it is primarily an educational organization and is categorized as a non-profit organization under section 501(c)(6) of the Internal Revenue Code.
The Orange County Chapter of IABA hosts many wonderful events each year, including: MCLEs that focus on the needs of our members, social mixers at a variety of local establishments, an annual Toy Drive during the holidays, community outreach events such as egg painting during spring and beach clean-up days,; and an Annual Gala held in May aboard a yacht in Newport Beach that raises money for law student scholarships. Last year’s scholarship recipients attended Orange County law schools.
Each October, the membership will vote in a new Board of Directors. The Board of Directors meets monthly and is tasked with putting together the above-mentioned events. This is our second full year as an Affiliate Bar of the Orange County Bar Association. One of the events that we were proud to host last year was a joint mixer with the Immigration Law Section of the OCBA. We look forward to co-hosting mixers with the other Orange County Bar Association Affiliate Bar organizations in the future. We are also proud that this year’s Board has partnered with pro bono clinics in Orange County and is involved in organizing events for the low-income public who require the services of pro bono lawyers.
IABA is open to all attorney members and law students, and one does not need to be of Iranian descent to join.