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”

Trump’s Win Divides Neighbors; Some Rattle, Others Rally

As the shockwaves of Donald Trump’s presidential upset win continue to reverberate in California, Pasadena residents this past week expressed the full gambit of emotion, from bitter disappointment and fear to joyous elation.
Of the total 40,466 ballots cast in the city of Pasadena, 18.7% of the votes were for Trump, while 72.9% were for Hillary Clinton. Support for Trump was wider across the state with 33.2% of the votes, versus the 61.5% for Clinton.
Despite political leanings, residents came together to support the troops and those who served the country at the city’s Veterans Day tribute at City Hall last Friday. Continue reading “Trump’s Win Divides Neighbors; Some Rattle, Others Rally”

Memorable Experience at the RNC

Did you see him? He was right there, in the thick of it, at the turbulent center of the political universe.
If you tuned in to the Republican National Convention last week, you easily might have spotted Riley Owen. The 2016 La Cañada High School graduate was a regular presence on the floor at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, in the mix with delegates and political stars and pundits, soaking up the history as it was being written. Continue reading “Memorable Experience at the RNC”