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                           Kareem Salama: Country Singer and Graduate of the
                           University of Iowa College of Law
                           [By Heather Jung]
                           Kareem Salama, who just finished his third year at the University of Iowa College of Law, has a bright future ahead of him—
                           not only in law but also in country music. Born and raised in a small city in Oklahoma, Salama said that country music is a
                           big part of the state’s culture, which has produced some of country music’s biggest names, such as Ronnie Dunn of Brooks
                           and Dunn, Vince Gill, Reba McEntire, Joe Don Rooney of Rascal Flatts, Blake Shelton, and Carrie Underwood.

“Country music is like crickets chirping in       America,” Salama said. “In Egypt, you don’t        The summer after his first year, Salama
the background in Oklahoma,” Salama said.         have arts and crafts at school, orchestra and      clerked for Judge John T. Wooldridge of
                                                  band, sports, etc. My parents encouraged           the 269th District Court in Houston. The
Salama said that he began composing songs         us to be as involved as we could in                next summer, he once again served as a
at  or 2 years old and became serious          extracurricular activities...I was on the swim     clerk, this time at ExxonMobil Chemical Co.
about it during his high school and early         team, I was a boxer, I was in the orchestra        in Baytown, TX, for the chemical patents
college years.                                    for a brief time, I played a little piano, water   department.
                                                  painting, etc.”
“In high school, I fell in love with the poem                                                        “Both experiences were great for different
‘A Valediction Forbidding Mourning’ by John       Salama recently appeared on Neil Cavuto’s          reasons,” said Salama. “I loved clerking
Donne,” Salama said. “I wrote an original         Your World on Fox News. He commented on            with the judge because I got to watch great
melody to the words of the poem to help           the May 7th arrest of six men suspected of         trial lawyers at work and just generally
myself memorize it. I continued doing that        planning an attack on Fort Dixon, as well          learn much of the practical procedure. The
for other classical poems. In fact, I wrote a     as other extremists who have carried out           ExxonMobil was good as well. I learned an
melody for ‘The New Colossus,’ which is, of       attacks on others.                                 incredible amount about patent law, and for
course, the poem written on the Statue of                                                            the most part, I drafted responses to office
Liberty. From there, I started writing my own     “They’re wretched, wretched human beings.          actions.”
words.”                                           Honestly, it’s something I can’t speak to or
                                                  even understand,” Salama said.                     With law school now over, Salama plans to
Salama said his favorite part of music is                                                            focus more of his attention on his music
the writing process, stating that “it’s great     Cavuto also asked Salama about his                 by giving performances and releasing a
to have this idea and see it grow into a          experiences as a Muslim country singer and         second CD.
song and feel that sense of satisfaction          whether or not he has been well received by
when the words are touching and the               the public. Salama said that he has received       On the net
chord progressions are moving.” He draws          a lot of good, positive responses from people
his lyrical inspirations from just about          who have heard his music. One individual           Kareem Salama
everything—things he sees or has read or the      called him a “walking, talking, singing hope       www.kareemsalama.com
people he knows.                                  for the world.”
                                                                                                     Kareem Salama on Fox News
Salama’s parents were born in Egypt and           Salama, who majored in chemical                    www.youtube.com/watch?v=JKL_8MkPBlk
immigrated to the United States before he         engineering at the University of Oklahoma,
was born, a fact that he feels has had a          said that after completing his bachelor’s          University of Iowa College of Law
profound effect on who he is today.               degree, he wanted “to do something less            www.law.uiowa.edu
                                                  technical.” Having always been interested in
“I think it made [my parents] more                philosophy, rhetoric, and logic, he felt that
appreciative of the blessings we have in          law school was a logical choice.


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