Sania Khan / President
Sania Khan is an Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Rights Bureau at the Office of the New York State Attorney General. She has worked to challenge the addition of the citizenship question on the decennial Census, the termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”) program, and the Muslim Bans. In addition, she works on issues related to the prevention and prosecution of hate crimes, technology and civil rights, and religious rights. Sania has also served as the Muslim Communities Liaison for the Attorney General’s Office. In 2015, she created a legal education course entitled “The Muslim-American Community: An Introduction to the Basics of Islamic Practices and Relevant Emerging Legal Trends,” which hundreds of government attorneys across the state attended. The Course was also held at the New York City Bar Association, and co-sponsored by MuBANY. Sania is a graduate of the University of Miami School of Law, Class of 2009.
Shabbir Chaudhury / Vice President
Shabbir Chaudhury is Senior Counsel at MetLife where he works on mergers and acquisitions and other general corporate matters for MetLife. Prior to this, Shabbir was a litigator for almost ten years, working on MetLife's litigation portfolio defending the Company and its officers in various lawsuits including class actions, securities related matters, and broker-dealer suitability. He also served as Chief of Staff to the Chief Counsel - Litigation. Before joining MetLife, Shabbir was in private practice and was an Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of New York where he defended the City and its employees in various tort lawsuits. Shabbir is a member of the New York City Bar Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee and was a 2019 Council of Urban Professionals Fellow. Shabbir is a graduate of Fordham University School of Law and New York University.
Saira Khan / Treasurer
Saira Khan is the Deputy General Counsel of Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners, an infrastructure focused private equity fund headquartered in New York. Prior to that she was a member of the in-house legal team at GSO Capital Partners, the credit platform of The Blackstone Group, and before that she was an associate in the Energy, Infrastructure, and Project Finance Group at White & Case. She completed both her Bachelor of Arts degree, as well as her Juris Doctorate degree, at the University of Texas at Austin. She is committed to supporting initiatives, both at and outside of work, that focus on increasing diversity and encouraging intersectionality and community building in New York. She is also passionate about promoting both education and the arts and is accordingly a patron of the The Citizens Foundation (a not for profit organization that builds schools in impoverished parts of Pakistan), is one of the founding members of the Storm King Art Circle, and is on the Junior Committee of the American Ballet Theater.
Saima Zuberi Sheikh / Secretary
Saima Zuberi Sheikh is an employment litigation associate at Baker Hostetler LLP, where she counsels and represents employers across different industries in a variety of employment matters, including wage and hour, discrimination, breach of contract, and restrictive covenant law. Saima is a native of Atlanta, Georgia and a graduate of Emory University and The George Washington University Law School.
Farhana Hassan Choudhury
Farhana Choudhury is a Housing Fellow, working at the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development and the NYC Housing Development Corporation. Housing Fellows learn firsthand of the City’s efforts to finance affordable housing projects by working in divisions such as Capital Markets, New Construction Finance, Legal, Neighborhood Planning and more. She is a member of the NYC Bar Association's Housing & Urban Development Committee as well as Women in Housing and Finance.
Farhana is a graduate of Brooklyn Law School’s Accelerated JD Program where she served as Co-Chair of the Brooklyn Law Immigration Society and Vice President of the Muslim Law Students Association. Prior to law school, she was the District Representative for the Office of State Senator José M. Serrano. She received her BS in Public Affairs from Baruch College, of the City University of New York.
Thamanna Hussain is a first-year litigation associate at Debevoise & Plimpton. She earned her JD from New York Law School, cum laude and her Bachelors in Political Science from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, magna cum laude. As a law student, Thamanna served as Law Review Senior Staff Editor, President of the Muslim Law Students Association, and Vice President of the Legal Association for Women. She is the recipient of the Alexander D. Forger Award for Distinguished Service to the Profession and the Dean’s Award for Student Leadership. Thamanna was also a Student Advocate for the Education Law Clinic and represented low-income students in education and advocacy matters, including suspension hearings before NYC Department of Education hearing officers. She maintains an active pro bono practice and advocates for individuals on death row by developing their innocence and mitigation evidence.
Maryam Jazini is a New York State Assistant Attorney General, where she is counsel for New York state agencies and state employees in civil litigation matters, including employment discrimination, constitutional challenges, and Article 78 proceedings. Prior to that, she was an associate at Siegel Teitelbaum & Evans LLP and White & Case LLP. Her areas of expertise include complex commercial litigation, civil rights, and employment discrimination in state and federal courts. Maryam is also an Adjunct Professor at Fordham Law School, where she teaches Legal Writing to LL.M students.
Maryam graduated magna cum laude from Barnard College of Columbia University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and a minor in Economics. She graduated from Fordham University School of Law cum laude earning her Juris Doctor. She is admitted in New York, New Jersey, District Court of New Jersey, Southern District of New York and Eastern District of New York. Ms. Jazini previously served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable William H. Walls of the United States District Court of New Jersey.
Sidra Mahfooz is an associate at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, where she focuses on restructuring and litigation matters and maintains an active pro bono practice in the public international law group. Sidra earned her J.D. from NYU School of Law, where she served as a Notes Editor of the NYU Journal of International Law and Politics, Chair of the Muslim Law Student Association, and Student Advocate for the Brennan Center for Justice and Global Justice Clinic, focusing on advocacy and litigation in the context of civil liberties, national security, and international human rights law. Sidra received her Bachelor’s in Political Science and Psychology, summa cum laude from Stony Brook University. She is admitted in New York.
Maimoona serves as counsel at McKinsey & Company, where she advises on the launch and deployment of technology solutions, including related intellectual property and data privacy matters. Prior to that, Maimoona served as counsel to a global investment bank, where she advised on information technology and non-technology procurement matters, including by leading on procurement matters in the context of a strategic acquisition for the bank's securities services business. She has been a recipient of the Justice Robert L. Clifford Fellowship, where she served as a law firm fellow, and has also served as director and delegations chair for a United Nations ECOSOC-accredited organization, where she led delegations of professionals and students to international legal and policymaking conferences at the United Nations. Maimoona served on the New York City Bar Association's Diversity and Champion Award selection committee and has served as MuBANY's Membership Chair prior to serving as director. She received her JD from Seton Hall University School of Law, where she was the senior comments editor for the Seton Hall Circuit Review, and her BA from Saint Peter's University, in cursu honorum, summa cum laude.