Deema Azizi joined BLH in 2020 after clerking for the Honorable Noach Dear of the Supreme Court of the State of New York. She served as a member of the NYC Bar Association’s Civil Rights Committee from 2019-2022.
Deema received her J.D. from CUNY School of Law in 2016. During her third year of law school, Deema was one of two students selected to work on high-profile habeas corpus cases involving prisoners at the Guantánamo Bay prison. She also participated in the CUNY CLEAR project, where she represented individuals impacted by post-9/11 national security policies and practices, including those placed on the No-Fly List. As a member of CUNY CLEAR, Deema also worked on various immigration matters and led “Know Your Rights” community workshops.
As a law student, Deema was selected to receive the Joseph Doherty Civil Rights Scholarship, the Justice Roundtable Fellowship, and the CUNY Merit Scholarship. She was also a staff member of the CUNY Law Review, participated in Moot Court, and served as a research and teaching assistant.
Before graduating, Deema completed judicial internships with two United States magistrate judges: the Honorable Ronald L. Ellis in the Southern District of New York, and the Honorable Vera M. Scanlon in the Eastern District of New York.
Prior to attending law school, Deema received her B.A., magna cum laude, in Economics and International Studies, with a minor in Public Policy.
CUNY School of Law
CUNY City College of New York
(B.A, magna cum laude 2012)
Civil Rights & Discrimination
United States District Court,
Southern and Eastern
Districts of New York