Haben Awarded the Alexandrine Medal and Delivers Commencement Address at St. Catherine University

St. Catherine University honored Haben Girma with the Alexandrine Medal on May 22, 2016. Named after the Egyptian scholar Catherine of Alexandria, St. Catherine University awards the Alexandrine Medal to women who demonstrate an outstanding commitment to public service. Past recipients include Dorothy Day, Ann Bancroft, and Maya Angelou. Haben is the youngest person to [...]

2017-07-08T14:41:59-07:00June 27th, 2016|

President Bill Clinton Honors Haben Girma

I met with President Bill Clinton before my keynote address at the 2016 Clinton Global Initiative University. Here's what he said the following day: President Bill Clinton: I don't want to embarrass her, but sitting over here on the front row, is a young woman who graduated from Harvard Law School, without the ability to [...]

2017-09-07T23:25:22-07:00May 18th, 2016|

Pacific Standard: The 30 Top Thinkers Under 30: Haben Girma

Haben Girma is deaf-blind, and the first such person to have graduated from Harvard Law School. Now, she's using her law degree to make sure the Internet is as surf-able for people like her as it is for people who can see and hear.Raised by refugee parents from Eritrea and Ethiopia, Haben grew up in [...]

2016-12-27T00:19:50-08:00March 15th, 2016|

Interview: Deafblind Attorney Fights for Online Accessibility

From the Ruderman Family Foundation: Haben Girma, a disability advocate and the first deafblind graduate of Harvard Law School, spoke with us via iMessage from her Berkeley, CA, office to discuss her work to change the accessibility culture of Silicon Valley, her meeting with President Obama during the 25th anniversary commemoration of the Americans with [...]

2016-12-27T00:19:50-08:00March 6th, 2016|

Haben featured on Forbes 30 under 30

Forbes: Haben Girma is a first generation immigrant, and the first deaf and blind student to graduate from Harvard Law School. She helped achieve a legal victory in National Federal of the Blind v. Scribd, the second case to hold that the Americans With Disabilities Act applies to e-commerce. She is a staff attorney at [...]

2016-01-09T16:10:27-08:00January 7th, 2016|

Washington Post: Deaf-blind Harvard-trained lawyer who made waves now rides them, too

Excerpt: Eritrean American Haben Girma is used to pushing boundaries. She made waves as the first-ever deaf-blind graduate of Harvard Law School, and quickly joined Disability Rights Advocates after her graduation in 2013 to work for increased accessibility and acceptance for disabled Americans. She was honored by the White House and gave a moving speech [...]

2016-01-09T16:10:43-08:00January 7th, 2016|

Chambers Associate: 5 Minutes with Haben

Excerpt: When did you decide to become a lawyer? Why? As a Deafblind student in college, I witnessed advocates using the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to change social attitudes. The National Federation of the Blind regularly referenced the ADA when explaining to technology developers why designing access for people with disabilities is a necessity [...]

2016-01-07T13:26:49-08:00January 7th, 2016|

Deafblind Lawyer, Dancer & Surfer Haben Girma Named a Hero by BBC

BBC Women of Africa Series: Eritrean-American lawyer Haben Girma was the first deaf-blind graduate of Harvard Law School. Today she's a lawyer at Disability Rights Advocates, a accessible technology campaigner and a keen surfer. She's also our sixth #WomenOfAfrica unsung hero. Full interview transcript: I grew up facing access barriers as a deafblind person, and [...]

2017-01-09T20:41:14-08:00November 20th, 2015|