Achieving LGBTQ Equality Through Litigation, Legislation, Policy, and Public Education for 40 Years

Itir Yakar

Legal Fellow

Before joining NCLR as a legal fellow, Itir worked as a legal affairs journalist with the San Francisco Daily Journal, a litigation paralegal with Morrison and Foerster, and an ESL teacher with various San Francisco Bay Area schools. Itir’s experience as an immigrant woman from Turkey has shaped her passion for social justice and civil rights advocacy.

During her studies at UC Davis School of Law, Itir focused her efforts on LGBTQ rights, racial justice, criminal justice reform, and disability rights. She worked as a law clerk with NCLR, the Contra Costa Public Defender’s Office, the ACLU, the Equal Justice Society, the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund, the EEOC, and the California Supreme Court. At King Hall, she served as Co-Chair of the National Lawyers Guild and was active with the Black Law Student Association, La Raza, Lambda, and co-founded the Disability Rights Law Association.

Itir obtained her Bachelor of Arts degrees in International Relations, magna cum laude, and French, cum laude, from UC Davis, Master’s degrees in law and journalism from Northwestern University, and JD from UC Davis School of Law with a public service certificate. She is bilingual in Turkish and English, conversational in French, and a beginner in Spanish.

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