Samah Ahmed is a summer law clerk with Root & Rebound and a rising second-year law student at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law. For the past five years, she has studied and worked in spaces dedicated to helping individuals maintain their basic human rights and dignity, particularly in the spaces of imprisonment, public health, reproductive rights, and stable housing.
While in law school, Samah has worked with clients facing housing-related issues at the East Bay Community Law Center and represented clients preparing for upcoming parole hearings with UnCommon Law. In 2018, Samah graduated with a B.S. in public health from Tulane University. While in New Orleans, she worked on policy and education campaigns to improve abortion access and connect low-income women with necessary reproductive health care with the New Orleans Abortion Fund.
This summer, Samah looks forward to centering her work in these different fields within a reentry framework. She is drawn to Root & Rebound’s commitment to empowering incarcerated individuals with the tools, knowledge, and post-release support needed to reintegrate successfully into society, not only because this work can significantly reduce rates of recidivism and cyclical poverty, but also because our criminal justice system owes this to the formerly incarcerated.
In her free time, Samah loves trying new recipes, scoping out different restaurants, and guessing her friends' astrological signs.