News: The Archive
Recently, in advance of the Senate confirmation hearings for Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State, MuBANY and the National LGBT Bar Association sent a letter to Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand opposing the nomination. In addition, the two bar organizations oppose the nomination of Gina Haspel as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.
As you may know, Senator Schumer is the Minority Leader of the Senate and previously voted in support of Pompeo to his current post as CIA Director. The letter highlights Mike Pompeo’s history of blatant anti-Muslim bigotry. Pompeo has frequently peddled anti-Muslim conspiracy theories from the floor of the House of Representatives to right-wing talk radio. Pompeo is ill-suited to be America’s lead diplomat.
During the George W. Bush Administration, Gina Haspel played a troubling role in our nation’s torture program. She operated a CIA blacksite in Thailand and then subsequently in violation of a federal court order oversaw the destruction of videos documenting the torture of detainees.
The letter further details the basis for their disqualification.
Please click here to read the full letter.
For Immediate Release:
MuBANY is proud to be the lead amici with 87 religiously affiliated organizations seeking a preliminary injunction to enjoin the Trump Administration’s termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”) program in New York, et al., v. Trump et. al, and Batalla Vidal v. Baran et. al, matters. Both matters are being heard by Judge Garaufis in the Eastern District of New York.
MuBANY has the unique opportunity to speak to legal issues including discrimination and equal protection. In this instance, MuBANY has taken the lead to speak on behalf of religiously affiliated institutions that find the termination of DACA to be contrary to law.
The amicus effort was spearheaded by Adeel Mangi – a former MuBANY board director and current MuBANY member. He is also a partner at Patterson Belknap, Webb & Tyler, LLP. The brief was drafted by teams at Patterson Belknap and Muslim Advocates. The brief describes why DACA is a just response to the humanitarian crisis existing with regard to undocumented individuals within the United States, and the irreparable harm that religious organizations and their congregants will face due to its termination - including how it may impact religious organizations' ability to act as sanctuary locations. The brief can be read here.
MuBANY thanks Adeel, Steven Zalesin, Zachery Kolodin, and Michael Fresco at Patterson Belknap, as well as Muslim Advocates for their efforts in assembling a compelling brief and impressive coalition in this amicus effort.
It has been announced yesterday that President Trump is ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which affects nearly 800,000 DACA recipients that will be forced to stop working and potentially leave the country. Since its inception in 2012, DACA has enabled undocumented immigrants younger than 30 who arrived in the U.S. as minors, to remain in the country and be able to work and study. Due to the program, our country has seen enormous contributions by DACA recipients as they study, work and contribute to local economies. But more importantly, DACA has empowered these recipients to come out of living in fear and pursue their dreams openly in a country that is their home. The end of DACA is a devastating blow to the immigrant community, as well as all communities that believe in the value that immigrants bring to our nation.
MuBANY is deeply disappointed in this decision and remains fearlessly committed to fighting injustice with the power of good law and good people. We join hands and hearts with our brothers and sisters in the greater immigrant communities from which we stem and which we serve. We are in communication with immigration advocates to learn exactly what this will mean for DACA recipients and their families, some of whom we all know personally.
Here is what we know so far:
Here is the link to the USCIS webpage with additional information and this fact sheet: https://www.uscis.gov/daca2017
There is much we do not know yet and we will learn more in the coming weeks. Again, we are with you in these troubling times. If you need any support, or if you are a DACA recipient or family member of a DACA recipient, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. Please know that we will do whatever we can to assist you and support you. We will also be with you in the streets fighting back.
Please see below article from the New York Law Journal featuring MuBANY Member Muhammad Faridi and MuBANY Law Firm Chair Adeel Mangi.
Click here to read the entire NY Law Journal article!
The Muslim Bar Association of New York is deeply disappointed in the decision of the Supreme Court to allow parts of President Trump’s travel ban to go into effect. While the Court’s decision purports to limit the ban’s current applicability to foreign nationals lacking any “bona fide relationship with any person or entity in the United States,” the lack of clear enforcement guidance both in the decision itself and on the ground at airports around the country, leaves the constitutional freedoms of some our community’s most vulnerable members at risk. Perhaps most troubling is the Court’s treatment of refugees, who are most likely to lack the requisite connection to the United States.
We look to the Department of Homeland Security to provide clarity to travelers both domestic and abroad, and ensure that those charged with enforcement, including consular officers and border agents, are held accountable for the type of constitutional violations which were rampant with respect to the first Executive Order and are likely to occur again now. Moreover, we, along with our allies in the legal community will, through all lawful means necessary, hold the Justice Department to its stated promise to implement the ban “professionally, with clear and sufficient public notice, particularly to potentially affected travelers, and in coordination with partners in the travel industry.”
While we believe that the Court’s decision lays the groundwork for more confusion and delay, we look forward to the oral arguments scheduled for this fall and are confident that the Court will more appropriately balance the various factors for consideration in reaching a decision that will have the potential to reshape the course of American history.
MuBANY remains fearlessly committed to fighting injustice, alongside our brothers and sisters in the greater immigrant and minority communities from which we stem and which we serve. We commend you all and thank you for your unwavering support, in your communities, at your airports, and in your day-to-day work.
MuBANY mourns the loss of Nabra Hassanen and our thoughts and prayers are with her family and community. This horrific incident hits especially close to MuBANY - as many of us have had late night suhoors with friends throughout this month - despite the backdrop of the current climate. We hope for strength for Nabra's family and community, as well as for the victims of the terrorist attack on the Finsbury Park Mosque in London - and ultimately that justice prevails for all.
- MuBANY Board
It is our pleasure to introduce our incoming MuBANY Directors and Chairs!
In-House Chair - Shabbir Chaudhury
Not for Profit/Government Chair - Sami Jameel
Social Media Chair/Webmaster - Suleman Malik
Law Firm Chair - Adeel Mangi
Member Chair - Maimoona Zia
Our sincere thanks to our outgoing Directors, Abid Hossain, Sabila Khan, Merium Malik, and Adeel Mangi.
Get to know the candidates running to serve as directors on the MuBANY Board for the 2017/2018 term. We have 6 candidates running for the 5 open positions. Take a moment to read the candidate statements below.
Please make sure your MuBANY membership is up to date. All members that are current in their dues will receive voting instructions.
Best of luck to all the candidates!
My name is Ali Alsarraf and I am an associate in the litigation department of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP.
MuBANY plays a leading role in supporting American Muslim civic engagement, giving a voice to American Muslims within the legal field, and forging connections both within the Muslim legal community and across other legal communities. This past year, I actively engaged with MuBANY’s board to support these goals. In December, I helped organize and hosted at my firm a post-election panel titled “The Election is Over: How did we get here? What’s next?” with MuBANY, AABANY, and SABANY. In March, I hosted at my firm a panel titled “Why Black Lives Matter to Muslims” organized by MuBANY, the NY Civil Liberties Union, and the Metropolitan Black Bar Association. If elected to MuBANY’s board, I will continue these efforts to attempt to shed light on important topics concerning the American Muslim community.
I am also passionate about issues related to diversity and inclusion, particularly in the legal field. As a co-chair of my firm’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee, I created a Muslim Affinity Group and a Religious Observance Affinity Group. I also created and spearhead a monthly book club where we read and discuss books and articles concerning diversity and inclusion, such as Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s We Should All Be Feminists.
In addition to being an excellent forum to learn about diversity and inclusion, the book club gives associates a much-needed outlet to discuss issues related to diversity in a safe space. If elected to MuBANY’s board, I would like to organize a similar program for MuBANY members. I would also like to devote efforts to increasing diversity and inclusion in MuBANY’s membership.
MuBANY has also played an important and leading role in the defense of the American Muslim community in the wake of the new administration. As an active participant in the fight against the “Muslim ban,” I can further MuBANY’s efforts in that space. I joined the hundreds of lawyers who flocked to airports to protect the civil liberties of American Muslims, and I led two Know Your Rights programs with the Somali community and a youth organization in Harlem. Notwithstanding the dark times ushered in by the new administration, I have been very proud and inspired to see the new relationships built across communities and our community’s renewed civic engagement.
I hope to further support our community’s renewed engagement and am very excited to continue my work with MuBANY.
Salaam, my name is Shabbir Chaudhury and I have previously served as a MuBANY director in 2015 and 2016. I hope you will give me your vote for Director; I look forward to serving the community again.
During my previous terms as Director, I helped revamp MuBANY's logo and website, and increase MuBANY's use of digital and social media. If elected as Director, I hope to continue efforts to increase MuBANY's digital presence. Additionally, I hope to build on past efforts to increase MuBANY's member roll and partner with new and diverse bar associations to create relevant and exciting programming for the organization.
With regard to my professional background, I am currently a Corporate Counsel at MetLife, focusing on litigation and regulatory business risks. Prior to that, I worked at the NYC Law Department as an Assistant Corporation Counsel where I defended the City against tort claims.
MuBANY has developed itself into a respectable institution within the communities it engages. Over the past few years, the organization has become known as a voice for Muslim people in New York. I would like to continue building upon that tradition and help MuBANY and its members progress further. It is with that intent and purpose that I would like to serve as a Director for MuBANY.
My name is Amin Kassam and I am Senior Counsel at Bloomberg L.P. , where I focus on litigating and advising on issues relating to new media, technology, privacy, and intellectual property. I am also a member of Bloomberg’s Diversity Council and the Diversity Champion for Our Legal Department.
As an attorney for the past sixteen years, I often spent much of my time practicing as one of the first or only Muslim lawyers at the law firms and federal clerkships where I started my career. Living through 9-11 without the support of a community of Muslim lawyers was lonely and challenging. Over time, I have watched MUBANY grow and flourish and provide our community tremendous opportunities to come and work together. It has inspired me to put forward my candidacy for a position on the MUBANY Board of Directors.
Throughout my career, I have worked to help and support the rights of Muslims and other minority groups. For seven years, I served on the National Board of the Aga Khan Conciliation and Arbitration Board helping to provide free mediation services to Ismaili Muslims throughout the country. More recently, I was elected to the Board of Directors of the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) which has worked tirelessly to protect the rights of Muslim Americans and other marginalized communities.
At a time when the rights of Muslims in the United States are under tremendous threat, I believe that it is critical that we build coalitions and draw upon allies in order to support all of our efforts to protect the civil rights of Americans. We can only move forward by working together. This is what inspired me to organize and lead a difficult but important joint discussion sponsored by MUBANY, NYCLU, and the Metropolitan Black Bar Association entitled “Why Black Lives Matter to Muslims.” If elected, I hope to continue to create programs and initiatives that build bridges across communities while further enhancing diversity and inclusion within MUBANY.
My name is Sania Khan, and I am running for a Director position with MuBANY for the 2017-2018 term. I am an Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Rights Bureau at the New York State Attorney General’s (“AG”) Office, and serve as the Muslim Communities Liaison for the Office. My work in these roles has focused primarily on the travel ban (“Muslim ban”) litigation and generally working on the Office's Religious Rights Initiative. Additionally, in 2015, I created a CLE entitled “The Muslim-American Community: An Introduction to the Basics of Islamic Practices and Relevant Emerging Legal Trends,” which was attended and webcast state-wide to hundreds of attorneys from the AG’s Office, as well as employees from 23 New York State agencies. The CLE was also held at the New York City Bar Association, and was co-sponsored by MuBANY.
I have been a member of MuBANY since 2011, and have had the privilege of seeing MuBANY become a pillar of the legal community in New York. If given the opportunity to serve as a Director, I would further these efforts by focusing on activating untapped networks, some of which may even exist within the membership of MuBANY, to create diverse alliances and events. I would also focus on developing MuBANY’s role as an educational resource for both Muslim and non-Muslim attorneys and entities throughout New York. And to the extent possible, I would aid MuBANY’s engagement with the public sector.
I intend to be resourceful and dedicated in executing this vision. Thank you for your consideration.
I'm Nausheen Rokerya, Associate General Counsel, Labor & Employment at Visiting Nurse Service of New York, and I invite you to re-elect me to the MuBANY Board as a Director. Having served on the Board this year and cultivated my relationships both inside and outside of the organization, I believe I can expand my contributions this coming year in the following ways:
This year, I served on the host committee for MuBANY's second annual Gala & Awards Reception and assisted with various aspects of coordinating a highly successful event. I believe the Gala presents a significant opportunity for MuBANY to garner greater visibility in the region. If re-elected, I will bring my working knowledge of what has worked well in the past, and reflect on constructive feedback received. I will work to ensure that the Gala continues to provide a return on investment for MuBANY's members.
Through my work on this year's Eid Social and Gala, I have established relationships with other minority bar associations in the region that I intend to utilize to help our members grow their networks. MuBANY members stand to directly benefit from such expanded opportunities via invitations to events hosted by other organizations, and the ability to have a voice at discussions on topics affecting our communities. I believe that active engagement with other bar organizations and communities is critical, especially in these unprecedented political times. I will advocate for our continued collaboration with the broader legal community.
In addition to continuing to provide support on key events in the year to come and facilitating MuBANY's relationships with other bar associations/communities, I also look forward to launching the below two initiatives:
I will help revitalize MuBANY's existing formal mentorship program, as well as help foster organic relationships by connecting members with others both inside and outside of the organization. This year, I took an important step toward being able to implement this program by taking an inventory of and reviewing our current membership details to better understand our makeup as an organization.
As a graduate of the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University, I am well connected to attorneys (on both sides of the table) and HR executives across industries, in both the public and private sectors. This year, I gauged our membership's interest in coordinating a practice group for labor and employment practitioners and coordinated and informal meet 'n' greet dinner. This year, I would like to develop this initial gathering into a more structured group, arrange regular sessions for dialogue, and eventually, panel discussions. I look forward to creating a practice group model that others can implement with respect to other practice/interest areas.
I look forward to the opportunity to serve MuBANY once again as a Director, and would greatly appreciate your vote. Thank you.
My name is Nafees Syed and I’d be honored to serve on the MuBANY board as a Director. Here are a few ideas I'd love to work on --
I’m currently an associate at Boies, Schiller & Flexner and previously worked on Capitol Hill. I graduated from Yale Law and Harvard University.
Thanks for your consideration, and I hope I can count on your vote!
For Immediate Release:
Today MuBANY mourns the loss of Judge Abdus-Salaam. This is a tremendous blow to the legal community. God willing she will be remembered for all the good she has done and the barriers she has broken. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends during this difficult time.
Ina lilah wa ina ilayhi raji'oon (may Allah bless her).
On February 16, 2017, MuBANY hosted the Honorable Denny Chin to share his journey to the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
The event was held at Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler, LLP in New York City.
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