MuBANY is pleased to introduce you to this year’s candidates for the MuBANY Board. Candidate statements are located below the list. Please review their statements before casting your ballot.
DIRECTOR (Five Positions Open)
CANDIDATE STATEMENTS (By Position, in Alphabetical Order)
My name is Atif Rehman and I am a candidate to be the next President of the Muslim Bar Association of New York. I have served on the MuBANY Board for the last two years, initially as a Director and more recently as Treasurer. I have seen first-hand the important role this organization plays - whether it is guiding the growing number of Muslims entering the legal profession, providing continuing educational and networking opportunities for practicing attorneys, or providing an important voice to the Muslim community. I am running for President because I believe that the success of an organization like MuBANY is vital to the Muslim legal community and I would be honored to have the chance to shape the direction of this organization over the next two years.
In terms of background, I graduated from law school in 2006 and began my career in the Capital Markets practice at Cadwalader Wickersham and Taft, where I was an associate until 2010. Since 2010, I have been working in-house at BNP Paribas as an attorney in their Corporate and Investment Banking group. I also worked as a CPA in the Financial Services Practice of KPMG prior to attending law school.
During my current tenor on the MuBANY Board, I have taken the lead on organizing our annual Iftars. I also spearheaded the Muslim’s in Public Service panel which gave members the opportunity to hear from panelists involved in public service at various levels. As Treasurer, I have been responsible for managing the organizations day to day finances and membership.
I have also worked to expand MuBANY’s strategic partnerships with other organizations. For example, the Muslim’s in Public Service event was held jointly with The Muslim Urban Professionals Network (“Muppies”), the event was well attended by members from both organizations and was hopefully the beginning of a fruitful partnership between MuBANY and Muppies. In addition, I also sit on the Board of Directors of CAIR-NY and have tried to increase the collaboration between the MuBANY and CAIR-NY encouraging MuBANY members to get involved in the various CAIR-NY initiatives that could benefit from legal expertise. I believe these strategic partnerships provide unique opportunities for our members and enable us to grow as an organization.
My experiences over the last two years and feedback we have received from you, the members, has given an idea as to the direction in which I would like to take MuBANY over the upcoming term. This includes facilitating more networking and mentorship opportunities, providing greater opportunities for non-board members to get involved in organizing events and programs, and increasing the participation and involvement of the more senior and established members of the Muslim legal community in MuBANY initiatives. I ask for your support so that I can work with others on the Board towards fulfilling these objectives.
Associate, BakerHostetler (2010-present); J.D. New York Law School 2010; Admitted to NY Bar 2011; B.A. UC Irvine 2004.
Salaam, my name is Madiha and I would be honored to serve as President, or in the alternative, as Vice President of MuBANY. The past few years have been a challenge for the Muslim community and MuBANY has done a commendable job in addressing some of those concerns. I hope to further increase the public’s understanding of the extraordinary contributions that both our organization and lawyers have made and continue to make.
My previous experiences, both professionally and personally, include many leadership positions. Most significant is my dedication to MuBANY, which dates back to its inception – I co-founded the organization and served as a Board Member. Further, for MuBANY’s first four years, I was elected as Director and Secretary of the Board.
On a personal level, I’m passionate and take initiative in everything I pursue. For example, I spearheaded the creation of the MuBANY Annual General Meeting Newsletter and initiated the MuBANY Mentorship program. If given the opportunity to lead the Association, I want to see MuBANY increase its impact in New York City. Some of my goals are for our attorneys to engage the Muslim youth, for MuBANY members to connect and partner with influential bar associations (such as the Minority Corporate Counsel Association), to foster professional opportunities with diversity-oriented companies, and to provide members-only benefits that will encourage membership growth. I look forward to working with MuBANY and I am excited by the prospect of taking the Association to the next level.
Should you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me via email [firstname.lastname@example.org] or Twitter [@mnm310]. For additional information on my professional background, please visit my Linkedin page (https://www.linkedin.com/pub/madiha-m-zuberi/29/913/387)
Thanks for your support!
I would be honored to continue serving MuBANY, this time as Treasurer, and would appreciate your vote. As an active member for several years and having served as a director of MuBANY for the past three years, I recognize the importance of our role in the Muslim community in New York. If elected, I will work hard to ensure that MuBANY continues to be an effective and valuable resource for our constituency.
As a director, I will strive to continue to understand the needs of our members and the Muslim community and organize, manage, collaborate and work hard to meet those. I would also provide my perspective on MuBANY priorities. For example, I think it is important that we continue to grow as an organization and actively seek new members over the coming year, as well as facilitate learning, networking and advocating for the issues that are important to us. If elected, I would try to advance these, among other goals.
To summarize my education and work experience, currently, I am a sixth year corporate associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP. I received my law degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 2008. I am also a CPA and worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers prior to switching careers, which I think will serve me well in the role of Treasurer. Immediately prior to law school, I interned at the Asian American Legal Defense & Education Fund and worked on the John Kerry for President campaign.
Thank you for your consideration.
My name is Saira Hussain, and I am currently an Assistant Vice President and Counsel at BNP Paribas. I have been a member of MuBANY since I was a law student at Fordham University, and for the last year it has been my honor to serve as a Director on the MuBANY Board. I have greatly benefited from being a member of the MuBANY community -- taking part in various events and its mentorship program, and having the privilege of meeting a great group of people that want to be a positive force in the community. I am running for Secretary because I believe with the increased responsibility of this position I can help MuBANY grow in ways most relevant to our members.
Serving on the MuBANY Board has been fulfilling to me personally and allowed me to take part in a number of worthwhile endeavors. From helping to organize the annual Iftar to representing MuBANY at events with other Bar Associations, I have enjoyed my time on the Board immensely. In particular, I was proud to take the lead in MuBANY's participation in the Ramadan Toy Drive. This successful effort led to MuBANY members donating 150 Eid gifts to children in South Brooklyn. It gave me a great deal of satisfaction to see our society of professionals contribute in a relatively small but meaningful way to the betterment of those less fortunate.
In my capacity as a Director on the Board, I have taken a great interest in growing our membership while making our programs and activities more meaningful to our members. To this end, I helped put in writing a blueprint that I believe can help guide our future growth. Furthermore, I created a membership survey in order to better understand the experience of our members and provide insight into how we can better serve you. Specifically, we have seen a call from our membership to have an increased number of events, especially networking and professional development opportunities. We also hope to put into place member committees, so that our members can take the lead on initiatives that excite them.
In short, I am running to be Secretary because I want to now help implement the plans we have worked to devise. If given the opportunity to serve as your Secretary, I will do my best to make a positive impact and to help ensure MuBANY evolves in ways most relevant to our membership. Thank you for your consideration.
DIRECTOR (Five Open Positions)
Assalamualaikum. My name is Shabbir Chaudhury and I would be honored to receive your vote for a director with the MuBANY board. I have been involved with MuBANY since I was in law school and fully recognize the important role the organization plays in the New York City Muslim community, as well as within the legal community. If elected as a director, I will strive to further MuBANY's endeavors within both of these communities.
After graduating from Fordham, I worked as a judicial law clerk in Newark, NJ for one year. Afterwards, I joined the NYC Law Department as an Assistant Corporation Counsel where I defended the City against tort claims. Recently, I left this position to be a litigation associate at Segal McCambridge. Additionally I am a member of the New York City Bar Association Committees on Civil Rights and the Diversity Pipelines Initiative.
The Diversity Pipelines Initiative is a City Bar committee that works with educational institutions and employers to increase diversity in the legal profession. The committee holds seminars for college and law school students; hosts a high school summer internship program; and coordinates a job shadow week for high school students. Additionally, every year the committee puts together a report on diversity in the profession and how it can be increased. As a minority bar association, MuBANY should definitely get involved with the work the committee does. Additionally, we can look to the programs the committee has implemented and mold similar programs that would be useful for our members. I would like to build upon MuBANY's current mentorship program and create programming for law students that would be expose them to different areas of the law, i.e., government, public, private, and non-traditional legal roles. As I was I involved with the Diversity Pipelines Initiative from its early stages I feel confident that I could bring this knowledge of events and programs to MuBANY.
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 build upon that tradition and help MuBANY and its members progress further. It is with that intent and purpose that I would like to be considered a director for MuBANY.
I would be honored to contribute to MuBANY as a Director. I would love to help my fellow members get together more often to meet and learn from each other, serve as mentors for the many Muslim students seeking to become attorneys, and utilize their skills to serve those members of society who are in need.
I am a newly admitted attorney working at the NYS Division of Human Rights as part of the NYS Excelsior Service Fellowship Program. I graduated from NYU School of Law in 2013, where I served as chair of its Muslim Law Students Association for two years.
Assistant Vice President and Counsel, BNP Paribas
I am interested in serving as Director of the Muslim Bar Association of New York (“MuBANY”). MuBANY has been instrumental in shaping my legal career and I would be delighted to give back to the organization and the legal community by serving in a leadership position.
I first became involved with MuBANY four years ago. I had just completed my first year of law school at Notre Dame and returned home to NYC for the summer. I heard about a networking mixer in Midtown Manhattan and decided to attend, believing it is never too early to start building connections. I met three people that really inspired me and had a tremendous impact on my career path:
1) The first person I met was an attorney who became a mentor to me throughout law school. He gave me critical advice throughout my legal career and provided encouragement and perspective when a potential job prospect did not work out for me.
2) The second person I met was a law student who was President of the National Muslim Law Students Association (NMLSA). Because of his encouragement, I joined the board of NMLSA and served as its President during my third year of law school (2011-2012).
3) The third person I met was an attorney who also attended law school in the Midwest. I kept in touch throughout law school and saw him at a MuBANY Iftar the summer I graduated. He told me his company was hiring and I submitted my resume. I went in for multiple interviews and ultimately got the position (coincidentally, I received the offer the morning of my wedding).
I share this personal experience to highlight the positive influence MuBANY can have on individuals, and by extension, the broader community.
In addition to my personal enthusiasm and appreciation for MuBANY, I have valuable experience serving in leadership positions. Currently, I serve as a board member of CAIR-NY, a civil rights organization dedicated to protecting and empowering Muslims. During my time in law school, I served as President of NMLSA. Under my leadership, our outreach to Muslim law students expanded as we strategically began reaching out to the career services office of universities as opposed to just the student run organizations. We partnered with MuBANY for a mentorship event. As a result of our outreach, the event had the largest number of law students attending a MuBANY event to date.
During my undergraduate studies at New York University (NYU), I served as the Community Service Chair for the Bengali Students Association (BSA) and I played a key role in organizing a fundraiser to raise money for the victims of Cyclone Sidr. I served as the Operations Chair for the Undergraduate Law Society (ULS) where I was in charge of securing speakers, booking rooms, and ordering food for our events.
It would be a wonderful opportunity to serve on the board of MuBANY. Thank you for considering me as a candidate.
My name is Merium Malik. I would be honored to serve as a MuBANY director and appreciate your kind support. As a member of MuBANY, I have been actively involved: I attend monthly meetings and events, provide input on enhancing the organization’s goals, and support MuBANY in all its endeavors within the community and beyond.
What makes me qualified and what will I do?
I am heavily involved in community organizations. I have lobbied on a state and city level pushing Muslim holidays and halal lunches in public schools. As an immigration attorney, I do free immigration workshops in local communities and have seen the lack of community education as it relates to legal and civil rights. I am trained in conducting Know Your Rights trainings and in the process of scheduling trainings in local mosques. My community involvement includes working with organizations such as NYIC, CAIR, Muslim Democratic Club of NY, IC Professionals, and Muppies. I also attend the Immigration Committee of the New York City Bar Association, and serve on the women’s committee for the South Asian Bar Association of New York.
There is great need in the Muslim community and the greater immigrant community which can be served by MuBANY. As a director, I will plan events to serve the underserved Muslim communities, where our members may offer free legal advice in various areas of the law, as a workshop series.
As a MuBANY member, I attended events organized by the Network of Bar leaders and learned of other bar associations, many of which have similar mission and goals as MuBANY. I would like to collaborate with these bar associations and hold events that serve our collective communities. I met with Bar leaders and was impressed to see that how highly they spoke of our organization and it was heartwarming to see the great reputation MuBANY holds in the legal community and beyond.
As a director, I would like to expand MuBANY’s outreach effort and plan events with a focus of service, along with enhancing the legal skills of our members. I would like to serve as a director of MuBANY and help reach its true and full potential. We are a great organization with an outstanding reputation. I believe together we can do outstanding things, locally as well as nationally.
Community Service: I have always devoted my life to serving the community. During law school, I started a local chapter of a non-profit organization, Project Downtown (serving homeless population). Most recently, I served as a coach to a mock trial team at a Muslim high school as well as to Cardozo law school. I am also involved in the Muslim Hunger Project.
About me: I have worked as an Immigration and Criminal Defense attorney for firms in the New York City for approximately three years. I also have a Master’s in Business Administration. I recently started my own Immigration law practice. I am originally from Tampa, Florida.
I am a partner at Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP where I practice commercial litigation. I had the honor of serving on MuBANY’s Board from 2010 to 2013, when I took a one year break to honor MuBANY’s constitutional term limits. I hope to provide the new officers and board with continuity and to help build upon the organization’s many accomplishments. Further details regarding my background are available at www.pbwt.com/mangi_adeel_bio.
Thank you for your past support and I hope to continue to earn your confidence.
My name is Yousef Mian and I am running for the re-election to the position of Director for the Muslim Bar Association of New York (MuBANY). As an active member of the New York legal community, I hope that the organization will re-elect me for this position.
Throughout law school and my legal career, being an asset and resource to those around me, particularly to the Muslim community, has been a priority. As someone who has directly benefited from the help of MuBANY members and events (and, in turn, helped other MuBANY members), I wish to continue the organization’s efforts and expand the work that Muslim lawyers in the New York area can and should be doing to help each other and the public at large.
What makes me qualified?
As such, I have tried to make the most of the first three years I have been practicing as a patent and litigation attorney. This past year, I have been involved with MuBANY's efforts in publicizing various legal issues important to our community. My experiences have taught me the importance of utilizing all resources and contacts at one’s disposal, especially the skills and expertise of colleagues.
What will I do?
As a MuBANY board member, my primary goal would be to address the needs of the association and its members. Importantly, I believe MuBANY will be a stronger and more relevant organization by helping each of its members professionally and excel in whichever endeavor they pursue. The Muslim community has much to offer, both inside and outside the legal sphere, which can make it a visible and valuable asset in addressing the needs of our society at large. As New York attorneys, what we say, do, and write not only carries immense weight, but can also set the tone for other legal activities and developments in the country. We can and should use our influence to its full potential, not just for issues affecting our respective professions. As I recently heard at a MuBANY event, if you aren’t at the table, you’re on the menu. As a MuBANY Director, I will make sure we are never on the menu!
If you have any questions or would ever like to get in touch, feel free to contact me. Thanks for your time!
About Me: I’m currently a patent and life sciences litigation attorney with Paul Hastings LLP. I’m a graduate of Duke University and the University of Minnesota Law School.
AoA my name is Mahir Nisar and I am seeking to be elected as a Director of MuBANY’s Board.
I currently maintain a busy law practice (AH) with offices in Long Island and Queens County where my focus is civil litigation and personal injury matters. My litigation practice routinely takes me through various Courthouses in all Counties within the 5 boroughs and Long Island.
In addition to my litigation practice and my involvement with MuBANY for the past few years as a member I have been actively involved in the bar associations of Nassau County and Queens County where I serve on a number of committees. I have also had the privilege of serving as an elected Board of Director for Westbury’s Business Industrial Development (BID) which focused on the development and nurturing of businesses within Westbury’s Business District. Prior to becoming a licensed attorney in 2009, I actively ran and co-founded a large international non-profit organization based in Pakistan providing leadership development and community building projects amongst the youth of Pakistan which was called Future Leaders of Pakistan (FLP).
My experience with these committees and my organization background make me a strong candidate to aide in developing MuBANY’s organizational strength in both creating an opportunity for attorneys in New York for referrals and benefits and helping the Muslim Community within New York.
My goals as a director is to bring a perspective of a litigator with a solo practice. My goals would be as follows:
1) Development and Creation of Legal Referral Arm of MuBANY both for pro-bono and paid referrals.
2) Nurturing and development of more CLE programs to help commonly faced issued by practitioners.
3) At least one monthly event or dinner to actively recruit and develop our network.
4) Development of further relationship with local Masjids to hold short informative legal seminars for the community.
5) Development of an office presence and hotline for access to the Muslim Community
In addition, my hope is to offer my office space a meeting place in the future irrespective of my election to the Board to facilitate a regular and continuous operation of MuBANY.
In closing on a personal note, I have been newly and happily married for one year to my wife Alizeh, and we have three rescued house rabbits (Billy, Nutmeg, and Princess) which are our children. I am an active animal rights activist and frequently aid and help the Long Island Rabbit Rescue Group and provide pro bono services to local veterinarians.
More information about my practice can be found on my website at http://www.nisarlaw.com or http://www.injuryfirmlongisland.com.
I would appreciate your vote of confidence for my election as a Director to this esteemed and growing Bar association.
My name is Nausheen, and I'd like to run for a Director position. I have thoroughly enjoyed my involvement with MuBANY thus far and am looking to broaden my commitment in the following ways:
1) As a fourth-year associate at Proskauer Rose, I am familiar with the challenges faced by new Muslim lawyers in the sometimes difficult, and arguably oversaturated New York legal market. Having taken great advantage of my own MuBANY mentors over the years, I am eager to give back by serving as a mentor to both existing members, and law students. If elected, I would also like to help revitalize the existing mentorship program to ensure that everyone who wants a mentor has not one, but several contact options.
2) As a graduate of the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University, I am well connected to HR managers and attorneys across industries, in both the public and private sectors. I am happy to utilize my network to create opportunity for Muslim lawyers whenever possible.
3) As the former Vice President of Brooklyn Law School's very first Muslim Law Students' Association, I am confident in my ability to market MuBANY to law students. I hope to coordinate panels at various law schools in the area, on which MuBANY members can speak. This would serve the dual purpose of allowing MuBANY members to give back to their communities, and offer valuable insight to the next generation of JDs.
4) I am heavily involved in my Firm's diversity committees, and am committed to community outreach and pro bono work. If elected, I hope to facilitate partnerships between MuBANY and other local organizations that will help members fulfill their desires to give back to the community in ways other than pro bono representation (i.e., speaking engagements, training seminars, etc.). I believe this may encourage less experienced attorneys to get comfortably involved earlier, at a point where they may feel not quite ready to independently "take on" pro bono matters. Small steps today, strides tomorrow.
I look forward to the opportunity to serve MuBANY as a Director, and would greatly appreciate your vote. Thank you!
As salaamu alaikum MuBANY members,
I’d like to announce my candidacy for the position of MuBANY Director. I have been a member of MuBANY since 2010 and active in multiple MuBANY events serving our NY Muslim community and hope to continue the tradition as a Director of MuBANY.
Vision for MuBANY
As a Director of MuBANY, I would work hard to ensure the continued organization of events where Muslim lawyers can meet and share their legal knowledge with each other and the NY Muslim community. As a native New Yorker, I understand the constraints of a hectic work life and would work to create engaging MuBANY events where our members can connect and create friendships. I believe that MuBANY is a unique organization that can serve the NYC Muslim community through seminars and workshops that inform them about timely issues such as the recent surveillance of Muslims and legal issues affecting Mosques or Muslim not-for-profits. I have experience serving the Muslim community of NYC through my practice areas as a partner in Davis, Ndanusa, Ikhlas & Saleem LLP, where I counsel Mosques and Muslim not-for-profits and assist Urdu-Hindi speaking Muslims in immigration petitions and proceedings. My past experience as a Board Member of Muslim Consultative Network, a NYC Muslim not-for-profit that organizes interfaith events has prepared me for the challenges of overseeing an organization’s budget and financial expenditures while striving to serve the Muslim community. My commitment to community service reaches beyond the Muslim community. I have volunteered my time and services representing NY homeowners facing foreclosure for which I received the 2012 NYS Bar Association President’s Pro Bono Service award for 11th Judicial District (Queens County).
My name is Fazeela Siddiqui and I would be honored to run for the position of Director for the Muslim Bar Association of New York (MuBANY).
Why? I am currently a Staff Attorney in the Civil Division of the Legal Aid Society, where I focus on Disaster Relief. Prior to this, I was the Programs Manager at the American Society for Muslim Advancement where I had incredible opportunities to work with Muslim communities in New York City and globally. I have worked, clerked or had fellowships at the NYC Commission on Human Rights, the Vera Institute of Justice, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), and the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF). I have a deep commitment to public interest law, organizing and advocacy and I hope to expand the public interest capacity of MuBANY.
What Makes Me Qualified? I have extensive experience in organizing and serving in leadership capacities. I was recently selected to participate in the American Muslim Civil Leadership Institute (AMCLI). Through this Institute, I will work on honing my leadership skills in order to serve my community.
What Do I Aim to Do? If elected, I would work to publicize MuBANY to law school diversity boards throughout NYC and in law schools where graduates tend to practice in NYC. My goal would be to connect Muslim lawyers with our network.
I would specifically like to create a mentorship branch at MuBANY for law students who are interested in working at non-profit organizations. Through this mentoring program, we could assist in advising students on how to find internships and position themselves for employment. For example, many law students are not aware that if they interns at specific legal service organizations, they would have an automatic interview if they ever applied.
Thank you for this opportunity and I hope to serve during the 2014-2015 MuBANY term.
I have had the honor of being a director of MuBANY for the past two years and I look forward to the opportunity to serve you again in the upcoming term. I hope you will give me your vote for director. During this past year, I was involved in organizing various events including the JPM Diversity Networking Reception where MuBANY members were given the opportunity to meet with recruiters and in-house counsel at JPM. I also assisted in planning an event geared towards attorneys interested in entering the academia field.
If elected, I will continue to be a voice for Muslim attorneys in the New York area as well as serve as an advocate on behalf of the larger Muslim community. I hope to organize more events centered around networking and professional advancement of MuBANY members, and collaborate with others to grow the organization.
By way of background, I am a 5th year M&A associate at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy. At Milbank, I am involved in the Asian Pacific Islander Network (APIN) which aims to foster a greater understanding of the unique issues facing Asian attorneys. I completed my law degree at George Washington University in Washington, DC.
I hope you will grant me the privilege of continuing my involvement with MuBANY during the 2014-2015 term by voting for me for director.
Thank you for your consideration.