Arash Jahanian is Deputy General Counsel for Denver Public Schools, working primarily with its Multilingual Education Department. He previously served as the Director of Policy and Civil Rights Litigation at the Meyer Law Office, PC, where he worked to advance immigrant rights. Prior to joining the Meyer Law Office, Arash worked as a staff attorney at the ACLU of Colorado, where he litigated and advocated on behalf of immigrants, LGBTQ individuals, prisoners, victims of police racial profiling, and people experiencing homelessness. Arash contributed to lawsuits in Colorado that ended sheriffs’ practices of holding individuals at ICE’s request, challenged a 287(g) program that would allow deputies to enforce immigration law, and sought accountability for the death of man in ICE custody at the detention facility run by GEO Group, Inc.
Arash also worked at the civil rights firm Rathod Mohamedbhai LLC, where he represented victims of police brutality, prison abuse, and employment discrimination. Arash was one of the attorneys in the Wyoming marriage equality cases and has served as chair of the Denver LGBTQ Commission and president of the Colorado LGBT Bar Association. He is currently on the board of the Interfaith Alliance of Colorado and the Nomination Committee for the Denver Citizen Oversight Board.
Arash was recognized as the Colorado Bar Association’s Outstanding Young Lawyer in 2015, and was part of three different teams winning the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association’s Case of the Year Award. A graduate of Georgetown Law and the University of North Carolina, Arash has also worked as an associate in Crowell & Moring LLP’s Washington, DC office, a judicial clerk for the Honorable Wiley Y. Daniel of the United States District Court for the District of Colorado, and a middle school teacher in Chicago through Teach For America.