‘Who is Quemars Ahmed?’

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La Cañada Flintridge native Quemars Ahmed, shown here with Alex Trebek, recently enjoyed an appearance on the legendary game show “Jeopardy!”

Quemars Ahmed had to explain to his grandparents this past week that he did not actually lose $15,000 on “Jeopardy!” last Friday.
The La Cañada Flintridge native and onetime editor-in-chief of the UCLA Law Review gave a riveting round of the pop culture gem, rising from a negative start in the first round to being able to wager his $15,000 in the Final Jeopardy bid. Alas, it was not Belize that is the only member of the United Nations with a Spanish article in its name. (The answer was El Salvador.)
Ahmed seemed OK with just making it onto the beloved program, having engaged with and adding some of his own jabs at the showing on Twitter after the episode — which was filmed in February — aired on May 1. He tweeted “My only regret (other than $) is that losing means I can’t play this fun game again!” from his account, @WhatsMyCue, and also admitted that the final question had confused him by its phrasing. Importantly, he wasn’t prepared to assure his grandmother that he hadn’t lost a cent of his own money.
“It’s a long time of having to keep the secret,” Ahmed said in a phone interview. Continue reading “‘Who is Quemars Ahmed?’”

LCHS Grad Tackling Tough Topics at UCLA Law Review

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Quemars Ahmed is the first Muslim law student at UCLA to earn the position as editor-in-chief at the UCLA Law Review.

“It is certainly an interesting time for lawyers,” Quemars Ahmed said. “Although maybe all times are interesting for lawyers?”
Ahmed, a 2009 La Cañada High School graduate, is the editor-in-chief of the UCLA Law Review, the nation’s 5th-ranked scholarly law journal. Known for being hard-working and cool-headed, the ever intellectually curious Ahmed is the first Muslim to lead the law school’s flagship journal since it began publishing in 1953.
“It means something to me only in the sense that it is representative of a larger phenomenon,” Ahmed said. “It’s a personal achievement, too, but … it does provide evidence of the fact that discrimination isn’t taking place [at UCLA] and it normalizes the relationships of other demographics in the law; I take that as a good thing.” Continue reading “LCHS Grad Tackling Tough Topics at UCLA Law Review”