Nassim Moallem is a rising 3L at USC Gould School of Law where she is both a public interest and honors scholar. In her first summer, Nassim clerked for the Immigrant Defenders Law Center assisting their Adult Representation Project in removal defense work. She primarily assisted with cases for detained clients, drawing a better understanding of how U.S. laws and legal system continue to criminalize immigrants and prevent their access towards legal status. During her second year, Nassim enrolled in the USC Post Conviction Justice Project. She worked with currently incarcerated people who were juvenile offenders often facing life sentences in order to prepare and represent them at their Board of Parole Hearings. She also filed a petition for resentencing based on California’s new felony murder law. Nassim first encountered Root & Rebound’s Roadmap to Reentry when looking for resources about education and employment to provide her clients anticipating reentry.
Nassim completed her undergraduate degree at San Diego State University summa cum laude with a double major in Women's Studies and Political Science. Her work as a feminist student activist informed her impassioned pursuit of social justice. Her recent experiences have grounded her critiques of the criminal justice system and current policies of mass incarceration, along with the desire to works towards a world with a nonviolent, transformative, and restorative vision of justice.