Nadia shahram



Nadia shahram

Nadia N. Shahram, Esq. received her B.S. in Business Administration (1988) and Juris Doctor (1997) from the State University of New York at Buffalo. In 2001, she completed her training as a Family Mediator from the Rochester Mediation Center and is also a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst. Ms. Shahram has been a Matrimonial Mediator in Western New York for the past 15 years. She is a member of Erie County Bar and the Western New York Women\'s Bar Associations, as well as a board member of the New York State Council of Divorce Mediation. Ms. Shahram\'s keen Interest in Mediation and resolving disputes outside of court is a result of her extensive research, experience, and travels, as well as her own heritage and beliefs. Ms. Shahram\'s cultural, educational and professional experiences have provided her with a broad knowledge base from which to offer expert testimony. She is currently heading an advisory board developed to assist courts and attorneys in dealing with the issues specific to Moslem Community. Ms. Shahram has served on the board of the Erie County Family Justice Center for the past five years and has collaborated with numerous cultural, civic, humanitarian, and educational organizations in Western New York. She developed programing and collaborative projects with The International Institute of Buffalo, Journey\'s End Refugee Services, Buffalo Public Schools, Zonta International, Women\'s Interfaith Institute, and the YWCA of Niagara County. Ms. Shahram\'s course at the University of Buffalo School of Law, \"The Effects of Religion and Culture on Family and Criminal Laws,\" was created as a quest to find answers to the question of the role of Moslems, and the perceptions of the Moslem religion. In 2004 and 2005, Ms. Shahram conducted a research project in Iran on the topic of Misogyny in Islam and in Iranian court rooms. She witnessed first-hand the unjust implementation of Islamic Law. As a result, Ms. Shahram published her first novel, \"Marriage on the Street Corners of Tehran” in 2010. The book is based on the true stories of women\'s experiences and the interpretation of Islamic Family and Criminal Law as they are currently being practiced in modern Iran. The book is currently being republished through Unhooked Book Publishers. Ms. Shahram\'s knowledge and expertise on these issues has resulted in her writing numerous articles for the Buffalo News and appearances on local and national media including CNN and PBS and several Persian TV stations and radios. Ms. Shahram is the founding member of Raising Hope, an annual fashion show fund-raiser benefiting the Family Justice Center, which over the past three years has raised over $100,000 for women victimized by domestic violence. In 2012, she established a scholarship to encourage and enable Moslem women to pursue higher education. She is the founder and the president of the Coalition for the Advancement of Moslem Women. As a women\'s rights activist, Ms. Shahram has presented and written extensively on issues related to the violence and social injustice perpetrated on Moslem women today. Her Culture and Control of Women Conference at SUNY Buffalo School of Law explored various remedies and resources to issues such as domestic violence, honour killing, acid pouring, child bride, sex trafficking, and other issues. She unveiled the first Declaration of Equalities for Moslem Women during Convention Days in Seneca Falls, New York in 2014. This document is currently on permanent exhibit at the Women\'s Rights National Historical Park. In addition, Ms. Shahram is a performer in Persian dance and poetry. She has created theatrical depictions of legendary Persian female characters from classical literature such as Rumi and Ferdosi, and has performed in a number of cultural programs, festivals and benefits. She co-produced Buffalo\'s first annual Persian and Multi-Cultural Festival in 2012. Ms. Shahram has received a number of awards including the Spirit of Woman for her work with the Family Justice Center, Cultural and Education Award from Buffalo Public Schools, Women of Influence from Business First, and the Legal Elite of Western New York Award. Ms. Shahram lives in Amherst NY with her two daughters.



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