November 30, 2014

About Tahmina

Screen Shot 2016-02-08 at 2.06.15 PMTahmina Watson obtained her law degree and graduated from Brunel University, London, England in 2000. After completing her pupillage (apprenticeship) from Bridewell Chambers in London in 2004, Tahmina continued as a practicing barrister, handling mainly criminal defense matters, before relocating to the United States in 2005. She continues to be affiliated with Temple Court Chambers in London as a Door Tenant.

Tahmina was admitted to the New York Bar in 2006.

Prior to founding Watson Immigration Law, Tahmina was a partner at White & Watson from July 2006 to December 2008 practicing exclusively in the area of U.S. Immigration and Naturalization law.  Before that, Tahmina externed with His Honor Judge Ricardo Martinez at the District Court of Western Washington in downtown Seattle.   She also interned for multiple terms at the Northwest Women’s Law Center (now known as Legal Voice).

Tahmina is currently a member of the New York State Bar Association, the Bar in England & Wales, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), The International Bar Association, The American Bar Association, King County Washington Women Lawyers, Asian Bar Association of Washington and the South Asian Bar Association of Washington.

Adjunct Fellow
Tahmina is an Adjunct Fellow at The Niskanen Center, a Washington DC-based think tank. She advises on immigration policy issues.

Community Activities
Tahmina currently serves as co-chair of the Response Committee of the Washington Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA WA), a committee she helped create after the November 2016 election.  She also serves on the Mercer Island School District Diversity Advisory Committee as well as on the board of Point Hope, an organization that helps children. She is an active member of the pro bono community in Seattle, e.g., Northwest Immigrants Rights Project, One America etc..  Tahmina often provides free legal advice at local legal clinics.  Furthermore, she is an active volunteer for Chaya, a Seattle based non-profit organization that assists battered women from a South Asian background.

She serves as Chair of the Legal Advisory Committee of the Global Entrepreneur in Residence Coalition. In addition, she is the Advocacy Consultant for the feature film ‘For Here or To Go?’,  a movie that advocates for high-skilled immigration reform and a Startup Visa. Tahmina is also a columnist with The Seattle Globalist.

She proudly served as the 2009-2010 President of the King County Washington Women Lawyers (KCWWL).  She also served on the board of Washington Women Lawyers from 2008-2010.  In the past, she served on the board of the Asian Bar Association of Washington and is a current member and volunteer with the South Asian Bar Association of Washington.

Passionate Advocate
Tahmina is passionate about immigration law. She is a frequent speaker, blogger, author and is the host of Tahmina Talks Immigration, a talk show that used to be aired on a local Seattle South Asian radio station Desi 1250am but is now a podcast on Itunes. She often advises organizations and non-profits on immigration policy issues, sometimes even law and policymakers.

Hobbies and languages
Tahmina is a member of South Asian cultural groups Jhankar and Pratidhwani. She fluently speaks, reads, writes (and sings when playing her harmonium) Bengali, and knows conversational Hindi and Urdu.  In her spare time, Tahmina likes to travel and sew.  She is the designer and owner of Pinky’s Shoebags, a novel storage solution for the woman who can never have too many shoes.