Samira Nazem is a Principal Court Management Consultant, focusing on supporting eviction diversion programs in state courts. Prior to joining NCSC, Samira worked on a wide range of efforts to improve access to justice and to expand the range of available self-help, legal aid, and pro bono resources as the Associate Director of Programs & Advocacy at The Chicago Bar Foundation and before that as the Self-Represented Litigant Services Specialist in the Access to Justice Division of the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts. Most recently, she helped design and implement an eviction diversion program and court-based rental assistance program in the Circuit Court of Cook County. Samira began her legal career working in legal aid as an eviction defense attorney and is passionate about improving the administration of justice in eviction court. A proud native of Omaha, Nebraska, Samira now lives in Chicago with her husband and two daughters.