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President | Saleema Snow


Saleema Snow is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law. She teaches Critical Race Theory, Perspectives on Social Justice, various legal writing courses, and directs the law school’s legal writing program. Her scholarship focuses on religious profiling, poverty law, and the intersection of poverty, gender, and access to justice.

Before entering academia, Professor Snow practiced for over sixteen years, beginning her legal career as a Covington and Burling Westwood Fellowship at the Neighborhood Legal Services Program, representing low-income District of Columbia residents. She also served as Director of Legal Services at Advocates for Justice and Education, where she represented students in school disciplinary hearings and trained District of Columbia stakeholders on special education law and the school-to-prison pipeline. Her longstanding commitment to ending education disparity continued in her role as a Supervising Attorney at the Georgia Legal Services Program. In addition to representing low-income clients in civil proceedings, she regularly engaged in policy advocacy, leading a statewide advocacy committee to combat discriminatory school suspension and disciplinary practices against students of color in Georgia. She also served on one of Georgia’s Domestic Violence Task Force to develop a community-based response to domestic violence.

Professor Snow is the former Vice-President of the Capital Area Muslim Bar Association, an elected member of the D.C. Bar Board of Governors, and President of Karamah: Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights.


Vice President | Asad Rahman


Asad Rahman attended SMU's Dedman School of law.  Upon graduating, he practiced at small litigation firms focused on medical malpractice and commercial litigation.  Thereafter, he served as an independent contractor for multiple international firms where he worked on IP litigation and other products liability class action lawsuits.  He also worked as a solo practitioner focused on various business transactions, dispute resolution, and personal injury.  Asad also served as an Assistant Attorney General in Texas Office of the Attorney General focused on child support and family law issues. Thereafter he worked as a corporate and compliance attorney for the Boeing Company.  He currently serves as Corporate Counsel at the Michaels Companies.   He also serves as General Counsel for several Muslim nonprofits, and presently serves as President of the DFW Muslim Bar Association. 

.Secretary | Edward Ahmed Mitchell

 

Edward Ahmed Mitchell is an attorney and former journalist who serves as the Deputy Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States.

Mr. Mitchell previously served as the Executive Director of CAIR-Georgia from 2016 to 2020. During that time, the civil rights organization resolved numerous cases of anti-Muslim discrimination, opened its first office, and expanded its staff to include a paralegal, a staff attorney, legislative aides, and a communications director. In 2016, the chapter received CAIR National's Chapter of the Year award.

Before joining CAIR-Georgia, Mr. Mitchell practiced law as a criminal prosecutor for the City of Atlanta, and worked as a freelance journalist for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. 

He has also served as an editor of Atlanta Muslim, a member of the Georgia Association of Muslim Lawyers, and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Islamic Community Center of Atlanta.

Mr. Mitchell is a 2009 graduate of Morehouse College, where he served as captain of the school's American Mock Trial Association team, president of the Honors Program Club, and editor-in-chief of the campus newspaper. 

He received his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center, where he won first place in the law school's annual Trial Advocacy Competition, served as editor-in-chief of The Georgetown Law Weekly, and was elected president of the Muslim Law Students Association.

Treasurer | Bilal Zaheer


Bilal Zaheer is a Partner in the Chicago office of Locke Lord LLP and focuses his practice on business litigation in state and federal court, as well as arbitration and mediation. Bilal regularly advises and counsels companies facing disputes arising from complex corporate and commercial transactions. He also regularly defends companies, officers, directors and professional advisors against claims for breach of fiduciary duty, aiding and abetting and related claims involving alleged corporate misconduct often brought by bankruptcy trustees, creditor committees, court-appointed receivers and shareholders, and advises on issues of Delaware corporate governance arising in connection with such claims.

An experienced trial attorney and member of the Trial Bar for the Northern District of Illinois, Bilal has tried cases in federal and state court and has represented clients in disputes around the country involving breach of contract claims under the common law and Uniform Commercial Code, business and securities fraud, enforcement of non-competition and non-solicitation agreements, and state and federal claims concerning misappropriation of confidential information and trade secrets. In addition, Bilal has significant experience representing international companies and non-U.S. based clients involved in disputes within the United States, as well as representing U.S. companies involved in disputes with companies and individuals located outside of the United States.

As part of his commitment to service, Bilal has served on the boards of local and national bar associations. Currently, he serves as Treasurer for the National Association of Muslim Lawyers and on the board of directors for the Chicago Committee. In addition, Bilal maintains an active pro bono practice, where he has counseled and represented individuals in a variety of civil proceedings.

Bilal began his legal career at Jenner & Block LLP in Chicago.

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