Taher Kameli, '96, Gives 2L Opportunity to Intern in Chicago

Photograph: Taher Kameli

Taher Kameli, ’96, still remembers his first months at Washburn Law in 1993. Coming to Topeka from New York City, speaking English as a second language, and adapting to law school, Kameli at times felt overwhelmed.

“Many days I seriously wanted to quit,” Kameli said. “At one point, I went to Professor Nancy Maxwell, and she encouraged me to stay. She let me know her door was always open if I needed to talk. Honestly, she is the reason I stayed and finished my law degree.”

Following graduation, Kameli moved to Chicago and established Kameli & Associates, P.C., which focuses on United States corporate, employment, and immigration law.

Photograph: Matt AdamsFast forward 20 years. Kameli decided to offer a summer internship to Washburn Law students to give them the opportunity to experience first-hand practicing law in a major U.S. city. Matthew Adams, J.D. Candidate ’19 from Sterling, Kansas, with a population of just over 2,000, jumped at the chance.

“This was an awesome opportunity,” said Adams. “It was a chance to work in a major metropolitan area with a law firm established by a Washburn Law alumnus. I didn’t realize until I started working with Taher how broad-based immigration law really is. I am really interested in corporate and transactional law so being able to work on management agreements, investor agreements, and negotiations was amazing.

“Taher was great to work with. I left the internship realizing how supportive Washburn Law alumni are of students like me. You never know where the next opportunity will come from.”