President & Director-at-Large | Asifa Quraishi-Landes
Asifa Quraishi-Landes specializes in comparative Islamic and U.S.constitutional law, with a current focus on modern Islamic constitutional theory. She is a 2009 Carnegie Scholar and 2012 Guggenheim Fellow. Dr. Quraishi-Landes writes on comparative legal theory and Islamic law. She holds a doctorate from Harvard Law School and other degrees from Columbia Law School, the University of California at Davis, and the University of California at Berkeley, and has served as law clerk in the United State Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She has served as a Public Delegate on the United States Delegation to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (2010), the Task Force on Religion and the Making of U.S. Foreign Policy for the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, and as advisor to the Pew Task Force on Religion & Public Life. She is currently on the governing board of the Association of American Law Schools' Section on Islamic Law, the National Association of Muslim Lawyers (NAML), and Muslim Advocates. She is an affiliate of the Muslim Women's League, past President and Board Member of Karamah: Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights, a Fellow with the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding and a member of the "Opinion Leaders Network" for the British Council's "Our Shared Future" project
President-Elect | Gadeir Abbas
Gadeir Abbas is a civil rights attorney based in Chicago, Illinois. He has spearheaded major lawsuits across the country involving constitutional issues of particular concern to the American Muslim community, including the successful landmark challenge to Oklahoma’s State Question 755, a voter-approved referendum that would have barred reference to Islamic religious traditions in Oklahoma's courts. Additionally, Mr. Abbas has litigated on behalf of American Muslims surveilled by warrantless GPS tracking devices, placed on the federal government’s terrorist watch lists, and prevented from building schools and mosques by discriminatory zoning laws. He has appeared on or been quoted by national and international media outlets, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Associated Press, National Public Radio, The Guardian, MSNBC, and CNN. Mr. Abbas studied philosophy at Loyola University Chicago and law at Case Western Reserve University. Prior to becoming an attorney, he taught English in Mississippi with Teach for America.
Vice President | Salman Azam
Salman Azam is a partner at Azam Chandran & Gilani LLP and has been counseling small and medium sized businesses for nearly a decade in corporate and transactional matters. After completing law school, Mr. Azam worked at a large law firm and then set out to create a brand new firm in 2005 (Lakeshore Law Group LLP) focused on the needs of small & medium sized businesses and professionals, especially those in the South Asian community. In 2012, Lakeshore Law Group LLP became Azam Chandran & Gilani LLP to serve a broader range of clients with an increasing level of legal services. Mr. Azam has been directly involved with corporate formation of new businesses and start-ups in Chicago and across the country. He serves as chief outside counsel for several local corporations and regularly advises not for profits.
Secretary | Jabeen Adawi
Jabeen Adawi is the Victim Legal Network of DC (VLNDC) Project Coordinator at NVRDC. In this role, Ms. Adawi manages a DC wide effort to plan and implement a legal network increasing crime victims’ access to DC’s diverse legal services community. Prior to joining NVRDC, Ms. Adawi was a Staff Attorney at the Sexual Assault Legal Institute (SALI) in Silver Spring, Maryland. Therein, she provided a wide range of civil legal services—divorce, child custody, immigration, employment, and landlord tenant—to adult and child survivors of sexual assault. Previously, Ms. Adawi was a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Nestor F. Guzman, J.S.C. in the New Jersey Superior Court, Family Division. Ms. Adawi has a B.S. in Applied Physics from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and a J.D. from American University, Washington College of Law.
Treasurer | Safia Hussain
Safia Hussain focuses her practice on nonprofit law as legal counsel at Asbahi Law Group, Ltd., and Ewenstein Young & Roth LLP. She represents community-based organizations, religious groups, social service organizations and professional associations among others on issues such as formation, compliance, governance, fiscal policies and procedures and the implementation of best practices. Ms. Hussain received her principal legal training at the New York office of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP, one of the nation’s preeminent law firms. Ms. Hussain is an honors graduate of Wellesley College and Rutgers University School of Law-Newark. She also recently received a masters in tax law from New York University School of Law. Ms. Hussain served on the board of the Muslim Bar Association of New York for six years, during which time she served as Director, Treasurer and then as President of the organization. She currently serves as a committee member of the National Association of Muslim Lawyers (NAML) and is slated to serve on that organization’s next board. Ms. Hussain spent much of her early years living abroad in Austria and Pakistan, and she later spent a semester studying in France and five weeks studying in Syria. She is proficient in French and has some basic language skills in German, Urdu and Arabic. In addition to her work with Asbahi Law Group, Ms. Hussain is a contributor to the law firm’s Nonprofit Legal Blog.