A Conversation with BSF Associate Nasrina Bargzie
Public & Professional Leadership
Firm Newsletter Spring 2011
Nasrina Bargzie, President, Afghan American Bar Association
How did the Afghan American Bar Association get its start?
In March 2009, a group of seven Afghan-American lawyers, including myself, came together to form a Bar Association focused on advancing the Afghan-American legal community. An organization like AABarA has great potential to not only serve the Afghan-American community but also to use its unique place among the legal community to opine and educate on a variety of issues.
What led you to create the AABarA?
As a first generation immigrant from Afghanistan, I felt drawn to help form AABarA in order to provide Afghan-American students and the community at large better access to the law and to legal careers.
From March 2009 until August 2010, you were the founding President and member of the Board of Directors. What were your main goals at that point?
The primary focus of the inaugural Board was to develop AABarA’s organizational structure and to implement AABarA’s core programming.
You continue to be involved, serving on the Advisory Board. How has the group grown in the last couple years?
In its first year and a half the Board has incorporated AABarA in the state of California and has obtained 501(c)(3) tax exemption status for AABarA. The Board has also implemented a mentorship program which connects Afghan-American students with Afghan-American law students and attorneys; organized and implemented a dozen of educational networking events; and issued community advisories on issues such as racial profiling, Know Your Rights and the Census.