News: The Archive

  • 30 Jan 2017 8:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    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 member (Administrator)

    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 member (Administrator)

    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 member (Administrator)

    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 member (Administrator)

    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 NJ.com 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! 

  • 27 Dec 2016 6:41 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    MuBANY Director Adeel Mangi was featured recently in the New York Times, regarding the work he and his firm, Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler, have conducted representing a mosque in an important legal challenge. 

    For the full New York Times article, please click here.

  • 27 Dec 2016 3:25 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    About the Case

    Ziglar v. Abbasi (changed from Turkmen v. Ashcroft in November 2016) is a civil rights lawsuit filed in 2002 on behalf of a class of Muslim, South Asian, and Arab non-citizens swept up by the INS and FBI in connection with the 9/11 investigation. Based solely on their race, religion, ethnicity, and immigration status, hundreds of men were detained as “terrorism suspects” and held in brutal detention conditions for the many months it took the FBI and CIA to clear them of any connection to terrorism. They were then deported.

    The case seeks to hold accountable high-level Bush administration officials, including former-Attorney General John Ashcroft and former-FBI Director Robert Mueller, for their role in ordering racial and religious profiling and abuse in detention, in violation of the detainees’ rights under the First, Fourth, and Fifth Amendments. The clients, represented by the Center for Constitutional Rights, were held in a specially-created Administrative Maximum Special Housing Unit (ADMAX SHU), in solitary confinement. They were purposefully deprived of sleep, denied contact with the outside world, beaten and verbally abused, and denied the ability to practice their religion. The former wardens and other Metropolitan Detention Center officials who oversaw this abuse are also named in the case.

    Ziglar v. Abbasi seeks compensatory and punitive damages for our clients and fits into CCR’s larger fight for immigrant rights, government accountability, and against illegal detentions and prisoner abuse.

    We can all follow developments and see other briefs filed in this case on the Center for Constitutional Rights' case page. The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in this case on January 18, 2017. 

    Please click the following link to read the full brief: Ziglar v. Abbasi_Amicus Brief.pdf

  • 19 Dec 2016 9:47 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On December 19, 2016, MuBANY sponsored an event, entitled Assisting Victims of Hate Crimes and Bias and Representing Peaceful Protestors.

    The program was for pro bono attorneys seeking to assist victims of hate crimes or bias and to represent people arrested while peacefully protesting. Experienced attorneys and New York officials explained the process and what we need to know to do this kind of pro bono work. 

    Please see below: a flyer for the event, images from the event, and a Pro Bono Toolkit with links to relevant training materials.




    For more information, please also click here: Pro Bono Toolkit.pdf

  • 14 Dec 2016 12:55 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The South Asian Bar Association of New York, Muslim Bar Association of New York, and Asian American Bar Association of New York sponsored a panel Thursday called "Moving Forward After the Election," at the Manhattan offices of Gibson, Dunn, & Crutcher.

    Among the issues discussed were minority identities; the media's role during the campaign; the sentiments of voters, particularly Trump supporters; and how attorneys can get involved in community work to respond to increased anxiety about hate crimes and civil rights concerns.

    For the full New York Law Journal article, please click here



  • 04 Oct 2016 10:06 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    For Immediate Release:

    On October 4, 2016, MuBANY Director Abid Hossain met with NYS Chief Judge Janet DiFiore, Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence Marks, and leaders of various minority bar associations in New York to discuss matters pertinent to attorneys of different minority backgrounds.

    For more information, please click here


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