SUSAN “DAYA” HAMWI, ESQ.
Since childhood, Daya has had dreams of bringing about peace on earth. Putting her young heart into action, she became a lawyer and, with inspiration from her then seven-year-old son Joey, used her law practice as a service to help families peacefully heal conflict.
She began her career as a lawyer in private practice in 1991, at which time she also served as the court-appointed attorney for the Kenyon Juvenile Justice Center in South Central Los Angeles. There, she represented minors in court proceedings while also working with families and liaison officers to create the best solution for those children in their family situations. She also handled numerous divorce, custody and dependency cases. In 2000 she became a mentor to incarcerated youth at the California Youth Authority in Ventura, CA.
In 2001, she became certified as a Kundalini Yoga teacher. She currently serves as a volunteer for Yoga for Youth, a non-profit organization that teaches Yoga and Meditation to pregnant teenage mothers and to minors in youth detention facilities. She also teaches children's yoga.
Daya holds a Juris Doctorate Degree from Loyola Law School and a B.A. in Law and Society from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She has been a member of the State Bar of California since 1989 and completed the LA County Bar Association's mediation training program in 2001.
A pillar in the conscious community, she has served on the Advisory Board of Empowerment Works, a non-profit that supports uplifting and sustainable projects around the world, and currently a fiscal sponsor for over 60 enterprises. She is also on the advisory board of Peace Now, a member of the Aquarian Women's Leadership Council, and a longtime contributor to Medicines Global’s Outdoor Youth Ambassador Program. Her greatest joy in life is being a devoted mother to her now college-aged son Joey.