Talking About California 2/25/20: Bardis Vakili

Jul 23, 2020

Bardis Vakili is a Senior Staff Attorney, at ACLU San Diego.

Vakili came to the ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties in September 2014
after four years in the Orange County office of the ACLU of Southern
California. His primary areas of focus are immigrants rights and the
rights of youth and children, and he also works on voting rights and
policing issues. For his work in the field of immigrants rights, Vakili
has received a California Lawyer Attorney of the Year award in 2017 and a
National Lawyer's Guild's Daniel Levy Award in 2008. Prior to coming
to the ACLU, he was the director of the political asylum program at Casa
Cornelia Law Center in San Diego. He graduated from Tufts University in
1997 and the University of San Diego School of Law in 2006, where he
received a Wiley Manuel award for pro bono service. Vakili is proficient
in Spanish and speaks basic Farsi.