We have created this memorial for Saif (pronounced “Safe”) Nasser Mubarak Ali Alameri, an LLM student from the United Arab Emirates, who was shot and killed by a police officer on December 4, 2016. As a law school, we care about thoroughness and transparency in homicide investigations, and we care about justice. Focusing on the specifics of this tragic case may catalyze further dialogue on the use of extreme police force against persons of color. But we are concerned that the public discussion includes almost no information about who Saif was — a bright student, a good friend, and a beloved son and brother. He was 26 years old, and a successful international lawyer who had a smile for everyone he met. He was the victim of a serious car accident. He was unarmed. And he was one of us — a part of our law school family, just like all of our other students, alumni, faculty and staff. This memorial is designed to broadcast the voices of the people who knew him and those who interacted with him, the people who can help us remember the loss to our university, the loss to his family and friends, and the harm to our society caused by these kinds of senseless deaths.
— Deans Jessica Berg and Michael Scharf