A native of Iraq and a Chaldean, Ronita Bahri came to the U.S. with her family as a refugee at the age of 8, settling in the Detroit area. At a young age she became trilingual, speaking her native Aramaic, Arabic (which she learned while living in Iraq and Jordan), and English in the United States. Bahri, the youngest of six children, was the first of her family to go to college. She not only went to college, but also graduated magna cum laude from Wayne State University in 2011 with a B.A. degree in political science and psychology. After earning her undergraduate degree, Bahri set out to San Francisco for a new perspective on life and to earn her J.D. from the University of San Francisco, School of Law. In 2014, she returned home to the Detroit area after graduating with one goal in mind: To serve the community. In 2015 she joined the Shlama team as the legal adviser!
Currently, she is a member of the Chaldean American Bar Association and the Michigan Association for Justice. In addition to the personal satisfaction she derives from helping people, Bahri also finds law to be a fulfilling profession in other ways.
Bahri also takes pleasure from spending time with her family—she has seven nephews and three nieces who mean the world to her. “I wanted to be a part of their lives, they are very important to me.” She is also an avid follower of the Detroit Tigers and the Detroit Red Wings.