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Conference Program 

Friday, October 12 

1:00 – 9:00 p.m.       Registration

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.       Jummah with Imam Omar Suleiman

3:00 – 5:00 p.m.       Dallas Museum of Art, Tours of the Keir Collection of Islamic Art Exhibit

3:00 – 4:15 p.m.       How to Build a Successful Bar Association

3:00 – 5:00 p.m.       Public Interest Lawyers strategy meeting  (By Invitation Only)

6:30 – 9:00 p.m.       Dinner at Locke Lord LLP

10:00 – 11:00 p.m.  Late Night Reception

Saturday, October 13 

8:00 – 5:00 p.m.        Registration & Exhibit Hall

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.        Continental Breakfast                  

9:00 - 9:30 a.m.         Opening Remarks

Gadeir Abbas, NAML President

Sameena Karmally,  DFW MBA President

Michael K. Hurst, Dallas Bar Association President

The Honorable Mike Rawlings,  Mayor of the City of Dallas

9:30 – 10:45 a.m.    Plenary Session:  Lawyers as Leaders Confronting        Islamophobia
Saleema Snow, Associate Professor of Law - University of the District of Columbia, David E. Clarke School of Law; NAML Vice President  (Moderator)
Rahmah Abdulaleem, Executive Director, KARAMAH
Naureen Shah, Senior Director of Campaigns, Amnesty International USA
Azadeh Shahshahani, Legal and Advocacy Director, Project South
Zahra Billoo, Executive Director, San Francisco Bay Area CAIR

The Honorable David Shaheed,Judge, Marion County Superior Court, Indiana (retired) and Associate Professor IUPUI School of Public and Environmental Affairs

10:45 – 11:15 a.m.    Exhibit Hall and Networking Break      

11:15 – 12:30 p.m.   Parallel Sessions: Targeting the Innocent - The Federal Government’s Watchlist System

Lena Masri, National Litigation Director, CAIR (Moderator)

Johnathan Smith, Litigation Director,  Muslim Advocates

Khurrum Wahid, Partner, Wahid Vizcaino LLP

Ramzi Kassem, Professor of Law, City University of New York 

      Shariah in the United States
Lee Ann BamBach, Adjunct Professor, Center for Law and Religion at Emory School of Law (Moderator)
Abed Awad, Partner, Awad & Khoury
Hamid Khan, Adjunct Professor, University of Michigan Law School
Asifa Quraishi-Landes, Professor of Law, University of Wisconsin Law School

     Pathways to Partnership

Sehrish Siddiqui, Partner, Bass, Berry & Sims PLC (Moderator)

Hussein Akhavannik, Partner, Baker & Hostetler LLP

Sakina Rasheed Foster, Partner,  Haynes and Boone LLP

Sadaf Abdullah, Partner, Skiermont Derby, LLP

   International Trade: Trends, Economic Sanctions, and Financial Crimes  

          Danish Hamid, Partner, DLA Piper (Moderator)

          Miriam Eqab, Senior Trade Counsel, Global Trade, TESLA

          Nausheen Hassan, Export/Sanctions Counsel, Varian

          Noha K. Moustafa, Associate, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP

          Irfan Vaid, Director Financial Crimes Unit, PricewaterhouseCoopers

 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.  Networking Lunch

  Keynote Speaker:  Sahar Aziz, Professor and Director of the Center for Security,         Race and Rights, Rutgers Law School. 

2:30 – 3:45 p.m.     Parallel Sessions:

  Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA)

Juvaria Khan, Staff Attorney, Muslim Advocates (Moderator)
Asad Rahman, General Counsel, Islamic Association of Collin County
Muhammad U. Faridi, Partner, Patterson Belknap, Webb & Tyler LLP
Mazen M. Basrawi, Trial Attorney, Housing and Civil Enforcement Section Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice
 CrImmigration: The Critical Issues
Furqan Azhar, Partner, Azhar & Azhar Law (Moderator)
Sajid Khan, Deputy Public Defender, Santa Clara County Office of the Public Defender
Hassan M. Ahmad, Managing Attorney, HMA Law Firm 
Farheen Siddiqi, Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES)
  Serving as General Counsel for Non-Profit and For-Profit Boards
             Salman Azam, General Counsel of Dialysis Care Center and NAML Vice                    President  (Moderator)
           M. Yusuf Mohamed, Deputy General Counsel, Tesla
           Robert Collier, Assistant General Counsel, EZCorp
           Azam Nizamuddin, General Counsel, NAIT
           Susan Adams, Partner, Locke Lord LLP and General Counsel, TMFW 
#MeToo: Confronting Abuse

       Aisha Rahman, Of Counsel, The Baig Firm (Moderator) 

Awais Khaleel, Assistant District Attorney, Dane County District Attorney’s Office

Sehla Ashai, Member of the Board of Directors of FACE, Facing Abuse in Community Environments

Hisham A. Masri, Associate, Jackson Lewis, P.C. 

4:00 – 5:15 p.m.     Plenary Session:  Trump v. Hawaii in Review
Gadeir Abbas, Senior Litigation Attorney, CAIR National (Moderator)
Faiza Patel, Co-Director, Liberty & National Security Program Brennan Center
Adeel Mangi, Partner, Patterson Belknap
Shirine Shebaya, Senior Staff Attorney, Muslim Advocates
Edward Mitchell, Executive Director, CAIR-Georgia            
6:30 – 7:30 p.m.        Practice Group Receptions      (Sponsored by Muslim Advocates)
7:45 – 10:00 p.m.    Closing Banquet Dinner



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