News: The Archive

  • 09 Feb 2017 6:38 AM | Anonymous

    Thank You!

    MuBANY would like to extend its sincerest thanks to the hundreds of attorneys who volunteered their time and resources at JFK and Newark airports in the immediate aftermath of the recent Executive Action on immigration. We would also like to recognize and thank the countless volunteers who organized and served on Know Your Rights panels, provided pro bono legal assistance, shared their media and IT resources and demonstrated boundless hospitality.  

    In a time of exclusion and separation, you stood together with us regardless of your religious and political affiliations in the name of justice and due process.  We thank you for your steadfast commitment and hope to join forces with you in the coming months to resist injustice wherever we see it.  As attorneys, we are presented with an incredible opportunity to use our training and skills for the greater good and there is no better time than now to act.  Let us continue to join forces to serve the communities we represent.  

    If you would like to learn more about MuBANY or ways to partner with us, please don't hesitate to reach out. 

    If you are interested in helping with Know Your Rights workshops, translation services or pro bono representation, please click here to sign up.

  • 06 Feb 2017 1:22 PM | Anonymous

    On February 5, 2017, MuBANY sent a letter to John W. McConnell, Esq., Counsel for NYS Office of Court Administration. 

    MuBANY wrote in response to a memorandum dated December 14, 2016 inviting public comment on a proposed amendment of the rule addressing mandatory continuing legal education for attorneys in New York that would impose a one-credit requirement addressing diversity, inclusion and the elimination of bias. 

    Please click the link below to read the full letter:

    Proposed NY CLE Requirement Diversity, Inclusion and the Elimination of Bias.pdf

  • 04 Feb 2017 6:33 PM | Anonymous

    On October 3, 2016, MuBANY had sent a letter to NYS Chief Judge Janet DiFiore regarding certain religious observances pertinent to MuBANY's membership. MuBANY had sent this letter after a MuBANY Member reached out to the Board and conveyed concerns regarding the importance of raising awareness among New York judges of the potential needs of Muslim attorneys who attend Jummah services during Friday afternoons, among other things. 

    This letter was cc'd to NYS Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence K. Marks along with the NYS Deputy Chief Administrative Judges (Hon. Fern A. Fisher and Hon. Michael V. Coccoma), and a copy was also sent to the Office of NYS Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman. Certain personal information has been redacted. 

    Please click the link below to read the full letter: 

    MuBANY Letter to Chief Judge Janet DiFiore.pdf

  • 03 Feb 2017 12:09 PM | Anonymous

    Please visit our new "Resource Center" which includes two tabs: (1) Executive Order and (2) Airport Assistance --- providing a summary of resources relating to both topics. 

    Our mission is to provide information, support, and coordination of resources to empower and improve the quality of life of our community. 

    Please access the pages included in the "Resources" tab for more information.

  • 31 Jan 2017 10:30 PM | Anonymous

    On January 31, 2017, MuBANY hosted a Public Service Roundtable with Carmelyn Malalis, Chair and Commissioner of the New York City Commission on Human Rights.  MuBANY discussed the #IAmMuslimNYC campaign. 

    The Roundtable was sponsored by Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler, LLP. 

  • 30 Jan 2017 8:15 PM | Anonymous

    At this troubling time, we want to reach out to you to provide some thoughts and resources, as well as a call to action for current needs. 

    The Muslim Bar Association of New York strongly condemns and opposes the recent executive orders signed by President Trump. As a minority bar association, we pride in our nation's constitutional freedoms, which are sadly at high risk in current times. These actions by the government undermine our country's position as a global leader and erode the constitutional values that make America great. Our New York community has truly presented a shining example for the whole nation in opposing these orders and standing in the face of the new policies. 

    MuBANY 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 and minority communities from which we stem and which we serve. We commend you all and thank you for your unwavering support and commitment to fighting with us. We urge you to be present, speak up, and stand with us at this trying time. 

    As attorneys, we must recognize our privilege, our skills, and our resources and pool them together when they are needed the most. 

  • 18 Jan 2017 3:07 PM | Anonymous

    Last year, MuBANY partnered with the Islamic Scholarship Fund (ISF) to give financial support to a Muslim law student and encourage him or her to pursue a leadership role in the legal profession. Through generous donations from our members(that’s you!), we were able to raise over $4000 towards the scholarship. Together, we can meet this goal again!

    Noran Elzarka, the winner of last year's scholarship, is such a great example of a leader in the making. She is active in the International Refugee Assistance Project at CUNY Law, the National Lawyers Guild Parole Preparation Project, and the Brooklyn Defenders Service. She also serves as a dean for the Sadie Nash Leadership Project, where she helps build spaces of sisterhood and social justice for young women of color. Below, Noran shares her thoughts about winning the scholarship:

    Receiving a scholarship from MuBANY has been extremely rewarding as a law student. I have received not only financial support but a community that I am looking to personally and professionally grow alongside and I am so grateful for that. I have been able to connect with law students and attorneys across New York City and learn from their experiences and their work. MuBANY has been instrumental in my development as a hopeful attorney and has helped me feel a sense of community.

    To date, ISF has selected scholarship recipients from a pool of talented students from 39 states,135 universities, and 119 majors. This year, 49 recipients are receiving a total of $148,000 which brings ISF’s total scholarships awarded to $650,000 since 2009. 

    The complete list of 2016 ISF Scholarship recipients can be found here.

    MuBANY wants to see more Muslims pursuing a leadership role in the NYC legal community! That's why we're asking you to make a donation* to the 2017 ISF-MuBANY Scholarship

    *Note that all donations are tax deductible. 

  • 12 Jan 2017 9:59 PM | Anonymous

    CUNY Law School Professor Nermeen Arastu appeared on the CNN show "Messy Truth", hosted by Van Jones. 

    She asked the guest, Carly Fiorina, questions about her support for Jeff Sessions’ nomination for Attorney General. Prof. Arastu began by explaining the toll from Sessions’ rhetoric and policies on immigrant communities. 

    Then, on to her incisive questions: What in his immigration record do you see and why did you endorse him? What advice do you have for him if he were to become our AG? How would you like to see him treat our immigrant communities?

    For the full video, please click here

  • 09 Jan 2017 2:50 PM | Anonymous

    Just before the confirmation hearings for Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) are set to begin, a coalition of 37 civil rights, advocacy, civic, and faith groups expressed concerns about his qualifications and ability to serve as the next U.S. Attorney General in a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee. 

    Read the full letter here#StopSessions

  • 03 Jan 2017 11:33 AM | Anonymous

    A NJ.Com article detailed a groundbreaking decision by District Court Judge Shipp and quoted Adeel Mangi, MuBANY Director, whose unwavering commitment to this case is an inspiration.

    The court found that Bernard Township admitted actions constituted discrimination under Religious Land Usage and Institutionalized Persons Act ("RLUIPA") and separately finds their actions were unconstitutional. The RLUIPA discussion is groundbreaking and makes new law on the discrimination prong -- it will likely be cited in mosque and other RLUIPA cases around the country. 

    Please click here for the full article. A copy of the full opinion is also attached: Judge Shipp Opinion on Rule 12(c) Motion.pdf

    On behalf of MuBANY, a very Happy New Year! 

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