Attorney, writer, educator, activist, and an adjunct faculty at the Law School, Nadia N. Shahram ’97 received her B.S. from the University at Buffalo and her J.D. from SUNY Buffalo Law School. She was trained and licensed as a divorce and family mediator at the Rochester Mediation Center, in 2001. In 2001 and right after the tragic events of September 11, Nadia started questioning the role of Muslims in the image of Islam. At the Law School, Shahram teaches Effect of Religion and Culture on Family Laws in Eastern Countries.
In 2010, she published Marriage on the Street Corners of Tehran, a novel based on true stories of Iranian Muslim women facing legal and cultural inequality in everyday life as well as in court rooms. An advocate of Muslim women rights, Nadia regularly presents the differences in interpretation verses the actual text of the holy book of Koran.
Nadia has received multiple awards for her practice and activist work including Buffalo Business First’s ‘Legal Elite of Western New York’ and ‘Women of Influence’ awards. Buffalo Public Schools recognized her with an ‘Education and Culture’ award and the Family Justice Center also presented her with the ‘Spirit of Woman’ award.
A collaborative lawyer and mediator, Nadia is a board member of New York State Council on Divorce Mediation, a board member of the Family Justice Center, and a member of the Women and Erie County Bar Associations. Her private practice is dedicated to Matrimonial mediation with offices in Amherst, New York.