Judge Ashley Tabaddor is an Immigration Judge for the U.S. Immigration Court, where she serves as one of the youngest judges in one of the most active courts in the nation. Prior to her appointment for the judgeship in 2005, she served for three years as an assistant U.S. attorney for the Central District of California in Los Angeles. From 2000 to 2002, she acted as a trial attorney with the Office of Immigration Litigation, Civil Division, Department of Justice, in Washington, D.C. She also served in the Office of the Chief Immigration Judge in Falls Church, Va., as an attorney advisor, and as a judicial law clerk/attorney advisor. She is a member of the California Bar.
In addition, Judge Tabaddor has served as an adjunct professor at a number of law schools, including USC and George Washington. She is currently an adjunct professor with UCLA Law School where she is teaching an advanced seminar on Immigration Law and Crimes- a look at immigration consequences of criminal activity. Judge Tabaddor is an active member of the Iranian-American community in Los Angeles, sitting on the Board of Advisors for the Iranian-American Bar Association and supporting the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian-Americans. She received a BA cum laude from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a JD from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.
What do you believe is currently the most pressing foreign policy issue?
The sweep of uprisings in North Africa and the Middle East, and the opportunity it presents for positive global change.
What are you reading right now?
Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond
What are some of your favorite global resources online?
NPR, BBC, and PCIP!
Why did you choose to join the PCIP?
It's two fold. I enjoy the educational opportunity of having in depth, provocative discussions with amazing speakers on the forefront of current international issues affecting the U.S. and the world. I also hope to be able to make a positive change in the world through the bonds that are made with the members of PCIP who are impressive individuals each in his or her own right.
Other Links of Interest:
Iranian American Bar Association