July 20, 2020
Koya’s partnership with the ACLU of Louisiana resulted in the placement of Nora Ahmed as Legal Director.
Since 1956, the ACLU of Louisiana has worked to advance and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States and the State of Louisiana. ACLU of Louisiana is part of a nationwide network of affiliates that fights tirelessly in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, DC.
Ahmed brings a multidisciplinary background to the ACLU of Louisiana.
Born and raised in Oregon, Nora is the child of immigrants—an Egyptian Muslim father and a South Asian Indian Hindu mother. She had her sights set on a legal career at age four. But it was only after 9/11 that she personally confronted the unfortunate link between the judicial system’s purported search for truth and racial profiling. Her experiences following that national tragedy—including a meeting with the FBI and the temporary seizure of her passport—instilled within her a fervor to combat racial injustice on all fronts.
That drive for racial justice took Ahmed to the South Bronx, New York. There, she taught at a high school comprised of more than ninety percent minority students, the majority of which were economically disadvantaged. Her proudest accomplishment remains the publication of Small Schools, Big Questions: A Student-Led Inquiry into High School Redesign, a book that shared the voices of her students.
Ahmed served as Clerk for the Honorable Jack B. Weinstein of the Eastern District of New York. She also spent seven years litigating for one of the country’s largest law firms. There, she chiseled away at unconscious bias and barriers to opportunity that plague women of color in Big Law—all while fighting for civil rights and civil liberties in wrongful conviction, immigration, special needs class action, and Fair Housing Act cases.
Ahmed attended McGill University’s Faculty of Law, studying both common and civil law. Ahmed has a Masters in Teaching from Fordham University and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Oregon’s Robert D. Clark Honors College.
Learn more about Nora Ahmed on the ACLU of Louisiana website.