Associate Professor of Law
Tel. 714.444.4141 ext. 226
Building Two, Room 226
Professor Yildirim joined the Whittier Law School faculty in 2005, following a year as Visiting Scholar at New York University’s Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies. She has served as the Director of Whittier’s Center for International and Comparative Law during the 2007-08 and 2011-12 academic years. She was a Visiting Associate Professor at Villanova University School of Law during 2012-13. She is the current chair of the Islamic Law Section of the Association of American Law Schools and past chair of Association of International Law-American Branch Islamic Law Committee.
Professor Yildirim’s research focuses on secularism in comparative contexts, international human rights and issues of human dignity, specifically regarding minority religious and sexual identities, and law’s effects on identity formation. Her current research projects focus on peaceful and violent resistance movements, particularly in the Middle East-North Africa region.
Besides her scholarship, Professor Yildirim maintains a pro bono practice as legal consultant with Council on American Islamic Relations and as pro bono attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union. She was pro bono counsel to Kimberlie Webb in Webb v. City of Philadelphia, 562 F.3d 256 (3rd Cir. 2009), seeking recognition of Webb’s free exercise right to wear a religious headcovering under her police uniform hat. An account of Professor Yildirim’s experience litigating the appeal can be found in the Law and Religion volume of Cases in Context series by Aspen Publishers.
Islamic Law. . Florian Pohl, ed. Marshall Cavendish, 2010.