Full Name
Nahal Iravani-Sani
Superior Court of California, Santa Clara County
Speaker Bio
Nahal Iravani-Sani is a Superior Court Judge presiding in Santa Clara County, California. She has dedicated her entire professional career to public service. She currently serves on the Superior Court’s Community Outreach Committee, Equality and Social Justice Committee, and is the co-chair of the Judicial Mentorship Program/Recruitment Committee with the goal of promoting diversity and inclusion on the bench.

Prior to joining the bench, Judge Iravani-Sani was a Deputy District Attorney for 23 years, representing the People of the State of California through all phases of the criminal justice system, including Violent Felonies, Domestic Violence, Narcotics, Consumer Fraud,
Environmental Crimes, and the Sexual Assault Unit.

Dedicated to education and mentorship, Judge Iravani-Sani instructs Trial Advocacy at Stanford Law School, instructed Trial Techniques at Santa Clara University School of Law, and coached the award winning Willow Glen High School Mock Trial Team. She enjoys serving as a mentor to the next generation of trial attorneys.

In 2017, California Governor Edmund G. Brown appointed Hon. Iravani-Sani as the first Iranian-American judge to serve on the Santa Clara County Superior Court. She is currently presiding on the Appellate Division of the Superior Court.

Judge Iravani-Sani has been the recipient of the Unity Award by the San Francisco Minority Bar Coalition, the Distinguished Service Award by the Iranian American Bar Association, and the Judge’s Night Diversity Award by the Santa Clara County Bar Association for her commitment and leadership in promoting diversity in the legal profession. In 2021, she was the recipient of the Santa Clara University School of Law Social Justice and
Human Rights Award for her passion and dedication to social justice issues.
Nahal Iravani-Sani