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In Memory of Fiza Quraishi (1978-2016) @NCYLNews #Barnard

My second cousin was an amazing advocate.  She died of brain cancer this week.

Fiza Pic for Blog




Her employer has set up a fellowship in her name.  Please consider donating.  This is the message posted by the National Center for Youth Law, located in Oakland, California:


It is with incredible sadness that I write to tell you that National Center for Youth Law Attorney Fiza Quraishi passed away on February 23rd.

Fiza was part of the National Center for Youth Law family. Her smile made us smile. Her laugh made us all laugh. Her questioning and thoughtfulness made us all better advocates. She was an amazing lawyer and advocate, completely committed to helping the children we serve. During her decade at the National Center for Youth Law she helped improve the lives of thousands of children.

Just as important as Fiza’s lawyering was her mentorship. She understood what young attorneys need to grow and thrive. She first worked here as a summer law clerk. After gradating law school she won a coveted Equal Justice Works law fellowship, sponsored by Morrison and Foerster, that allowed her to start her advocacy career here. She supported the growth and development of countless law clerks, law fellows and young attorneys. She is part of all of us. Fiza spent her entire legal career at the National Center for Youth Law. We are committed to continuing her work, vision and spirit.

To that end, the National Center for Youth Law will be creating a fellowship in her name, the Fiza Quraishi Legal Fellowship.  Fellowships are one of the few ways that young lawyers can start a career in advocacy. This will allow young attorneys who share her spirit to follow in her footsteps and continue to fight on behalf of disadvantaged children. Together with Fiza’s family, we are creating a special fund in Fiza’s memory. All contributions made to NCYL in the next month will be used to support future Fiza Quraishi fellows. We hope to raise $1 million dollars. This would allow us to continue the fellowship for approximately 20 years. We will do everything we can to continue the fellowship longer. Please help as you are able.

In sadness and in service,

– Jesse Hahnel

– See more at: http://youthlaw.org/fiza-quraishi/#sthash.Isz9JULx.dpuf

Fiza Quraishi Legal Fellowship


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