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Muslim Bar Association of New York

Muslim Bar Association of New York

The Muslim Bar Association of New York (MuBANY) is a member-driven bar association open to any interested lawyer or law student of any faith or no faith, and those of all ethnicities and affiliations. We organize educational, networking, & professional development events. We also partner with local bar associations and legal organizations on advocacy issues impacting the Muslim community in the U.S.
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How Did I Get Here? and Things Working Out the Way They're Supposed To
For the last episode of the first season of "How Did I Get Here?" we hear from Sania Khan and Shabbir Chaudhury. They reflect upon their experiences graduating from law school during an economic recession and not getting the opportunities they hoped for. They speak about the steps they took to over come early career challenges and how things eventually work out the way they're supposed to. 
May 20, 2022
How Did I Get Here? Usman Ahmed and Creating Your Niche
Usman Ahmed joins us to discuss his journey to becoming Head of Global Public Policy at PayPal. He talks about his experience navigating new spaces of law and developing policy in novel areas. He also speaks about the challenges he overcame to create the role he wanted at the company.
May 04, 2022
Different Treatment of Ideologically Motivated Crimes: An Interview with Dalia Mogahed
In this episode, Dalia Mogahed, Director of Research at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, talks about the report “Measuring the Legal and Media Responses to Ideologically Motivated Violence in the US.” She uncovers the results of this report, which reveals that perceived Muslim perpetrators of ideologically motivated crimes are treated differently by the media and by law enforcement, leading to vastly different sentences. The discussion also delves into the implications of these differences for American Muslims and for the larger community and proposes some strategies to guard against these disparities. This interview was conducted by MuBANY Director, Maryam Jazini.
April 08, 2022
Do I Need an Executive Coach?
Suzie Joseph is the founder of Revel Coaching and Discovery, an experienced executive coach, driven facilitator and cross-disciplinary HR consultant.  With over 15 years of experience heading leadership, management, and talent development at Fortune 500 companies, she offers a unique and impactful perspective in helping her clients achieve their goals.  In this episode, she joins us to discuss the benefits of using an executive / career coach at different stages of one's career and to share her thoughts on the "great resignation". 
March 29, 2022
How Did I Get Here? Saema Somolya and Developing Leadership Skills as a Lawyer
Saema Somalya joins us to discuss her journey to becoming General Counsel at Remitly. She talks about the soft skills necessary for leading a legal department and going outside your comfort zone. She also speaks about the steps she took to grow her career from law firm associate to general counsel.
March 20, 2022
How Did I Get Here? Adeel Bashir and Letting Your Interests Lead Your Career
Adeel Bashir  joins us to discuss his journey to being an Assistant Federal Public Defender. He talks about his work representing criminal defendants and the importance of following opportunities, great mentors, and not being afraid to fail. He also speaks about his work as President of the American Muslim Bar Association.
February 16, 2022
How Did I Get Here? Tahanie Aboushi and Running for Office
Tahanie Aboushi, the first Palestinian-American and Muslim woman to run for Manhattan District Attorney, joins us to discuss her experiences with the criminal justice system and how those experiences led her to the legal profession and, ultimately running for Manhattan DA. She also discusses her role as a private practitioner and how she approaches the obstacles of being a Muslim attorney who wears hijab. Aboushi provides candid insight and advice on navigating legal and political realms, especially for anyone interested in seeking public office. 
January 18, 2022
How Did I Get Here? Amir Ali and Defending Justice at the Supreme Court
Amir Ali joins us to discuss his journey from Google to the Canadian Supreme Court to the US Supreme Court. He talks about his work representing criminal defendants in appellate practice. He also speaks about finding your passion at work and trusting it.
November 05, 2021
How Did I Get Here? Judge Zia Faruqui and Developing Good Judgment
Judge Zia Faruqui joins us to discuss his journey from law firm to federal prosecutor to U.S. Magistrate Judge. He talks about his motto "always be networking" and the significant role mentors have played during his career. Judge Faruqui also speaks about how important it is to get out of your comfort zone and believe in yourself.
October 07, 2021
How Did I Get Here? Juvaria Khan and Diversifying the Appellate Practice
Juvaria Khan, Executive Director at The Appellate Project, joins us to discuss her journey to starting TAP, an organization focused on empowering law students of color to thrive in the appellate field. She also discusses the importance of having mentors early in your career and challenging assumptions on who belongs in certain spaces.
August 05, 2021
How Did I Get Here? Saleema Snow and Shaping Future Lawyers
Saleema Snow, Professor of Law at the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law, joins us to discuss her journey from Neighborhood Legal Services to teaching the next generation of lawyers. She divulges the "secret memo" for getting into academia and gives tips on improving legal writing skills. Saleema also speaks about the importance of bar associations and other organizations in developing relationships and building networks.
July 12, 2021
How Did I Get Here? Manar Waheed and Fighting for the Issues from the White House to the ACLU
Manar Waheed, Senior Legislative and Advocacy Counsel at the ACLU, joins us to discuss how a career first focused on domestic violence work led to a role at the White House working on immigration issues and then the ACLU.  She also explains why quitting a job without another lined up was the best career decision she ever made.
June 16, 2021
A Conversation with Attorney General Keith Ellison
This episode on MuBANY's podcast channel features a conversation with Minnesota State Attorney General Keith Ellison. The conversation is focused on AG Ellison's career trajectory, his experience being lead prosecutor of the Chauvin trial, and his experience as a Muslim American. AG Ellison was sworn in as Minnesota's 30th attorney general on January 7, 2019. From 2007-2019, AG Ellison represented Minnesota's 5th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. Before being elected to Congress, he served four years in the Minnesota House of Representatives. Prior to entering elective office, he spent 16 years as an attorney specializing in civil rights and defense law, including five years as executive director of the Legal Rights Center. He is the first African American and the first Muslim American to be elected to statewide office in Minnesota. AG Ellison is interviewed by Sania W. Khan, MuBANY's President for the 2020-2022 term. We hope you enjoy! Note: this conversation was originally aired at MuBANY's Annual General Meeting on. June 2, 2021.
June 10, 2021
How Did I Get Here? Diane Lucas and Dismantling Systemic Racism
Diane Lucas, Pro Bono Counsel for Racial Justice Initiatives at Davis Polk, joins us to discuss how her role at a corporate law firm gives her the institutional support to combat systemic racism. She talks about why her career has always focused on criminal justice reform and how she was able to further her dreams while working at the Legal Aid Society, the NYS Attorney General's Office, and the Justice Collaborative. Diane also speaks about how a class early in law school has guided her through her career.   Editor's Note: This conversation was recorded before Derek Chauvin was found guilty for the murder of George Floyd. 
April 22, 2021
Fireside Chat with James Johnson, Corporation Counsel for the City of New York
During this conversation, we will hear about Corporation Counsel Johnson's incredible career trajectory, his thoughts on the importance of diversity and inclusion in the public sector, and how the Law Department's work was impacted during the historic year of 2020. This episode is moderated by Asim Rehman, Chief of Staff at the New York City Law Department, and one of the founders of MuBANY. This event was hosted by the Muslim Bar Association of New York, and co-sponsored by the following members of the Affinity Bar Collective: - Amistad Bar Association - Asian American Bar Association of New York - Association of Black Women Attorneys - Association of Muslim American Lawyers - Brooklyn Women's Bar Association - Caribbean Attorneys Network - Hispanic National Bar Association – Region II - Iranian American Bar Association of New York - Jewish Lawyers Guild - Metropolitan Black Bar Association - Queens County Womens' Bar Association - South Asian and Indo-Caribbean Bar Association of Queens - South Asian Bar Association of New York
April 11, 2021
How Did I Get Here?: Amin Kassam and Leading Global Teams During Crises
Amin Kassam, Head of Legal, Asia-Pacific at Bloomberg LP, joins us to discuss how he transitioned from being a US-based lawyer to managing a team spread across Asia. He expands on some of his day-to-day in the past year, which has included dealing with protests in Hong Kong and the widespread effects of a global pandemic. Amin also speaks about how his time as Chief of Staff to Bloomberg's General Counsel developed key leadership and management skills and how his background and connections continue to help him succeed.
April 08, 2021
A MuBANY Coffee Chat on Transitioning from Traditional Legal Practice
Join us for an informal, but informative discussion on what it takes to transition from traditional legal practice or training to a non-legal career path! The discussion is moderated by Sidra Mahfooz, Associate at Debevoise & Plimpton, and one of MuBANY's directors. Panelists include: -Afeef Nessouli, Producer of the podcast "The Journal" -Wajiha Rizvi, Social Justice Advocate -Syed Haq, Restructuring Associate at Rothschild & Co.
April 07, 2021
The Blackwater Trials
This episode documents the experiences of two prosecutors who handled the Blackwater Trials. Over the course of approximately ten years, Ken Kohl (Acting Principal U.S. Attorney, D.C.) and Fernando Campoamor-Sánchez (Former Assistant U.S. Attorney, D.C.), respectively, handled the trials and re-trials of the Blackwater defendants. In this episode, we focus on the victims stories and the experiences the prosecutors had in attaining the monumental verdicts in this case. This episode is hosted by Magistrate Judge Zia M. Faruqui and Sania Khan, President of MuBANY for the 2020-2022 term. Warning: The content of this episode includes discussions that may be triggering to some listeners.  Also, the audio at the beginning of the episode is an excerpt from this clip describing the incident. 
February 24, 2021
Pathways to Becoming a Federal Magistrate Judge
This episode features a panel discussion on the pathways to becoming a federal magistrate judge with three sitting Muslim Magistrate Judges. The discussion is moderated by Myra Din, Law Clerk to the Hon. Gregory A. Phillips, of the Tenth Circuit.  The three Muslim Magistrate Judges joining us are Magistrate Judge Zia Faruqui (District of Columbia), Magistrate Judge Zahid Quraishi (District of New Jersey), and Magistrate Judge Mustafa Kasubhai (District of Oregon).
January 28, 2021
Know Your Rights: Domestic Violence
Join us for a conversation on the origins and complexities of domestic violence, ways to identify signs of abuse, and intervention and support programs. Resources will be provided for survivors and victims of domestic violence. Guest Speakers: 🔹Jennifer DeCarli, Assistant Commissioner of the Family Justice Center and Outreach at the Mayor’s Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence 🔹Robina Niaz, Executive Director and founder of Turning Point NY. Please visit MuBANY’s resource page for helpful resources and hotlines for victims and survivors of domestic violence: 
January 17, 2021