Darius Izad is a first generation Iranian-American from Long Island, New York. In high school, he was a well-rounded kid who loved practicing piano and saxophone, leading the school wrestling and lacrosse teams, and being an active member in the Model United Nations club. He then went to Hamilton College in upstate New York, where he majored in Chinese and studied abroad in Beijing as a sophomore for about eight months. After graduating from Hamilton, Darius attended Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, where he received a Master’s degree in Asian Studies and concentrated in Chinese Security Studies and Politics. During graduate school, he worked at the Wilson Center for International Scholars as a research intern.
Darius decided to attend the University of Washington School of Law, primarily for the strength of its Asian Law department, and the global opportunities that Seattle provides – especially as a Pacific-rim city that is continuing to grow. At UW Law, Darius is the president of the Minority Law Students Association and the vice-president of the Asian-Pacific American Law Students Association. He is interested in transactional law, cross-border trade, and tax law. He looks very forward to being a part of the Washington State Bar Association’s International Practice Section and learning a great deal from its attorneys.
This summer, Darius is working as a foreign legal intern at MWE China in Shanghai. The firm is a top PRC-licensed law firm that also works in a multinational sphere, given its strategic alliance with McDermott, Will & Emery, an American law firm. Here, Darius is editing and translating legal memos and marketing materials, performing research on the FCPA and arbitration trends, and working closely with MWE China’s Foreign Counsel and Partners to learn more about what cross-border transactional law entails.