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The Quest for Islam-Based Affirmative Action
"Court Commissioner Shama Mesiwala sees her new job as a way to represent her Muslim faith," ran the February 21 headline in the Sacramento Bee. Presiding judge Kevin Culhane called the new Commissioner "highly accomplished," and did not exaggerate.
Shama Mesiwala graduated magna cum laude in three years from UC San Diego and completed law school at UC Davis at 23. She then spent 13 years as a judicial attorney in the Third District Court of Appeal. As Court Commissioner, Mesiwala will command the same powers and duties as a trial court judge, but when selected for the post she did not emphasize her academic achievements or judicial experience.
"I'm really proud I can represent my faith in this way," she explained.
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