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About Maryam Ahranjani

Professor Maryam Ahranjani brings extensive experience as a law teacher, law school administrator, and legal and educational consultant to the classroom. She will teach Criminal Law and Constitutional Rights during the fall 2016 semester. Co-author of the textbook YOUTH JUSTICE IN AMERICA (2nd ed. 2014), Professor Ahranjani has appeared on C-SPAN and has authored numerous law review and other articles. Her law review articles have appeared in the South Carolina Law Review, Denver University Law Review, and American University Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law. Immediately prior to returning to New Mexico, she worked as a legal consultant in Guatemala City. During the fall semester of 2014, Professor Ahranjani served as a visiting professor at UNM SOL, during which time she taught Constitutional Rights, created and taught Education and the Constitution, and directed the law school’s Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project chapter.

From 2009-2014, Professor Ahranjani served as Associate Director of the National Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project at American University Washington College of Law in Washington, DC. Professor Ahranjani has taught at the Universidad del Istmo Facultad de Derecho (Guatemala City), University of Pennsylvania Law School, and American University Washington College of Law.

A founder of the National Youth Justice Alliance, she is also recipient of the 2014 Marshall-Brennan Alumni of the Year, 2008 Alumni of the Year Award from the Latino/a Law Students Association and a 2006 American University Performance Award (a university-wide award given annually to two employees). She is fluent in written and spoken Spanish and spoken Persian.


Present Faculty Member, University of New Mexico School of Law

Curriculum Vitae


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Honors and Awards

  • Member, District of Columbia Bar


  • Constitutional Rights
  • Criminal Law I
  • Criminal Procedure


2013 LLM, University of Pennsylvania
2001 J.D., American University Washington College of Law
1998 BSEd, Northwestern University

Contact Information

UNM School of Law
Office: 3238
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Ph.: 505-277-2113


Books and Book Chapters (3)

Scholarly Articles (4)

Teaching (2)