Assma Amen Ali

Assma Amen Ali

Assma A. Ali, was born and raised in Bakersfield, California. Assma’s mother and father immigrated from Yemen to California more than 45 years ago, making her a first-generation American citizen. 

Assma earned an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice at Bakersfield College. While attending Bakersfield College, Assma was elected as the Student Body Treasurer, and was chosen to be a Key Speaker for two consecutive years at the Future Leaders Conference. She was also the co-founder of the Renegade Pantry, which is a student assistance program that exists to help maintain the health and welfare of Bakersfield College students through organized college, community sponsorship, and donations of nonperishable food, clothing and hygiene items.

 In 2014, Assma graduated from California State University of Bakersfield with a Bachelors in Arts Degree in Criminal Justice and a Minor in Philosophy. After completing college, Assma made the decision to move to Mississippi to attend Mississippi College School of Law.

While attending Mississippi College School of Law, Assma was exposed to many areas of law. During her first year in law school, she volunteered at Mission First Legal Aid office, where she assisted with the intake process, interviewing clients in the office and over the phone about their cases. She then interned for a Private Criminal Defense firm in Rankin County, where she gained most of her criminal law experience. After completing her first year of law school, Assma interned for a Madison County Chancery Judge at the Madison County Chancery Court. While interning for the judge, Assma was exposed to a wide variety of cases relating to wills, estates, and family law. After completing her first year of law school, Assma showed outstanding performance in her grades, and was granted an academic scholarship for her second and third year of law school. She was also one of a few select individuals to be a Dean’s Ambassador, which meant that she would be one of the faces to represent MC Law during on and off campus events.

During her second year of law school she interned for the Hinds County District Attorney’s office where she worked with a Hinds County Assistant District Attorney, representing youth at their court hearings. She then interned for an Immigration Office where she was exposed to a wide array of immigration cases, including asylum, adjustment of status, and VAWA. Assma also prepared motions and assisted with translating documents from English to Arabic.

Assma completed law school early, in just two and a half years, while also graduating in the top third of her class.  Assma was also selected by faculty for the Betty B. Tucker Award & Scholarship, an award presented to a female law student who shows academic promise.

Assma passed the Bar in February of 2017 and was sworn into practice in April of 2017. She is a member of the Jackson Young Lawyers Association, the Mississippi Bar and the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Assma is bilingual and speaks both English and Arabic. Assma is married with two children. Assma joined Elmore & Peterson Law Firm in July of 2017.