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For Richard Ahamad ’08, law is an agent of personal and professional change. 

“Before coming to law school, I worked as an electrical engineer. After eight years, I was tired of circuit design and set my sights on a job where I could actively change people’s lives,” he says.

Deciding to attend law school, Richard was concerned about switching careers at such a late stage and finding a public interest focused legal education. He found just what he needed at NUSL. “Northeastern addressed both through the practical experience I gained through co-op and the strong public interest streak of the professors and my fellow students,” he explains.

Today, Richard balances his public interest with his own law practice in Trinidad. “One fuels the other,” he notes. “I’m volunteering with an NGO that works with impoverished kids, plus bringing all the know-how I gained on co-op to general civil cases.” 

co-op 1

Massachusetts Law Reform Institute, Boston

Richard conducted research and wrote legal memoranda related to public benefits, criminal records and affordable housing.

Activities

  • NUSL Governing Council

co-op 2

New Orleans Legal Assistance Corporation, New Orleans

Richard worked with clients to assess claims and defenses regarding public housing and Section 8 voucher issues, evictions, FEMA rental assistance and utility bill disputes.

electives

  • International Law
  • Taxation

co-op 3

Rudy, Exelrod & Zeiff, San Francisco

In his first experience with private practice, Richard wrote legal memoranda and conducted research for a plaintiff-side employment law firm.

clinic

Certiorari Clinic

In this clinic, Richard participated in writing a petition to the United States Supreme Court for a grant of certiorari.

co-op 4

Greater Boston Legal Services, Boston

Richard assisted clients with issues concerning Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security benefits, food stamps and state assistance programs.

After Graduation

Staff Attorney, Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (formerly New Orleans Legal Assistance Corporation)

Now

Law Offices of Richard H. Ahamad, Port of Spain, Trinidad

Result

A solo practitioner with a public interest bent.