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Sahar Durali

Sahar Durali

Directing Attorney

Sahar Durali is the Directing Attorney of California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc. (CRLA) Delano Office. She focuses on education law and also practices in the areas of employment, public benefits, and housing. She is involved in several litigation cases and supervises support staff, an attorney, and a community worker. Sahar also works actively on Sanders et al. v. KHSD et al., a lawsuit brought against the Kern High School District, the Kern County Office of Education, the State of California, and the California Department of Education challenging the Kern High School District's discriminatory discipline policies and hostile educational environment.

Ms. Durali was a staff attorney for the Delano Office prior to becoming the Directing Attorney of that office. As a staff attorney she represented low-income clients in education, housing, public benefits, and employment matters with a specialization in education law. In this capacity, she focused on rural educational advocacy, specifically Kern County's school discipline crisis and barriers to access for indigent students, special education students, limited English proficient students, and students of color. As part of this advocacy, Sahar combined litigation and close work and partnership with community-based organizations. Prior to working at CRLA, Sahar directed the South Kern medical-legal partnership at Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance.

Sahar received her law degree from UCLA School of Law and her undergraduate degree from Pennsylvania State University's Schreyer Honors College. During law school, she was part of the highly selective David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy, and co-directed the school's VAWA clinic. Before law school, she worked as a youth health educator and domestic violence victim services coordinator in Philadelphia.

Ms. Durali spends her free time travelling across the United States and internationally. She also enjoys road trips, cooking, the outdoors, and exploring Southern California.