©2019 by The Middle Eastern Legal Association of Washington. 

2019-2020 BOARD

OMAR NUR

President

Omar Nur is an Attorney and Managing

Partner at Nur Law PLLC, where him

and his staff represent people with claims

stemming from car crashes,criminal

charges, and traffic tickets. Mr. Nur is very

active in the legal community having

previously served on the  Young Lawyers

Committees for the Washington State Bar

Association and Snohomish County Bar

Association, the Washington State

Association for Justice Board of Governors, and the MELAW board (of which he was President in 2014) to name a few. MR.When he is not working or volunteering, Mr. Nur enjoys spending his time outdoors with his wife and daughter. 

ALICE NOMAN

President-Elect;

Annual Event Chair

Alice Noman is an attorney with the

Department of Public Defense in the

Northwest Defender's Division. Prior

to becoming a public defender,

Alice practiced as an eviction defense

attorney for a year, providing on-going

representation for indigent clients

facing homelessness. She graduated

cum laude in 2017 from the Seattle

University School of Law. Alice is also an active member of her legal community and serves as the Publicity Chair for the Middle Eastern Legal Association of Washington. She has also spent many hours volunteering with the Housing Justice Project, providing day of representation for clients with eviction hearings. In her free time, Alice enjoys hiking and camping with her friends, family, and beloved dog, Riley. 

SAFA PEERA

JAJEC Co-Chair

Safa Peera is a Public Defender at the

 King County Department of Public

Defense – Northwest Defenders Division

(NDD). She graduated from the

University of Texas College of Law in

Austin in 2017 and obtained her

bachelor’s degree from Southern

Methodist University in Dallas. She enjoys

her job, working on behalf of wonderful

clients by challenging a system designed

to silence them. She considers herself a global citizen, having grown up

overseas and with parents of different nationalities. 

DUA ABUDIAB

JAJEC Co-Chair;

Treasurer;

Previous President

Dua M. Abudiab is a Public Defender at the

King County Department of Public Defense –

The Defender Association (TDA). Prior to her

joining TDA, she worked as a public

defender at the Colorado State Public

Defender’s Office. Ms. Abudiab serves on

the Lawyer’s Helping Hungry Children (LHHC)

board to help fight against child hunger. She is

the co-vice president of Diversity on the Washington Women’s Lawyers’ Board. She serves on the University of Washington Heart Health Campaign board. She volunteers at Seattle Children’s Hospital in their Child Life division where she gets to play with patients and siblings to minimize the impact of hospitalization. She also volunteers with North East Seattle Together (NEST) to help community members stay independent, active, and connected. She holds a B.S. from Texas A&M University Corpus Christi in Biochemistry and received her J.D. from South Texas College of Law.

TANYA FEKRI

Legal Clinic Co-Chair;

Publicity Chair

Tanya Fekri was born in Tehran, Iran and she

and her family immigrated to the United States

in hopes to pursue the American dream. 

Tanya personally experienced the immigration

process first-hand and that is why she became

interested in immigration law. She attended

UW as an undergraduate student receiving

a double degree in Political Science and Law,

Societies, and Justice; and a minor in

Diversity studies. She went on to become an

ESL teacher and citizenship instructor for the Refugee Resettlement Office in Seattle. Tanya is the Co-Directing Attorney of the Student Legal

Services at the University of Washington and she manages her own solo immigration practice in Kent. 

MOHAMED KHALIL

Legal Clinic Co-Chair

Mohamed is a first generation Libyan

American. He graduated from Seattle

University School of Law in 2012, where

he focused on employment and labor

law. Mohamed currently serves as a

contracts compliance specialist for an

IT company based out of Seattle, WA.

He also consults/works part-time as

corporate counsel for a healthcare IT

company. Mohamed is an active member in the Libyan and Muslim community. He enjoys traveling, playing sports,  and spending time with his family and friends. 

TALYA WEST 

Secretary 

Talya Gonca West was born in

Turkey and studied law there. She 

moved to the United States after

earning scholarship to study an LLM.

She studied LLM at the

University of Oregon. In addition,

she attended UW Law School for a

second LLM and to be prepared for

WA Bar. She worked as a public defender in Marysville, Snohomish County. She is a WSBA Civil Rights Committee member. She volunteers as a pro bono counsel in several nonprofit organizations including NWIRP, NWIRP, TURKCHA, WIDEN and KCBA Neighborhood Clinics. Talya manages her own solo criminal defense and immigration practice in Bellevue, WA.