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BAAML Eid Party

posted Oct 5, 2011, 3:00 PM by Fairuz Abdullah

BAAML Eid Party

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Jannah Restaurant

1775 Fulton Street
(between Central Ave & Masonic Ave) 
San FranciscoCA 94117


BAAML is holding an Eid Dinner at Jannah Restaurant on Saturday, October 8, 2011 at 7:00pm

Cost per attendee is $25.

Please RSVP no later than Wednesday, October 5, 2011 at BAAML_net@yahoo.com if you are interested.  

Hope to see you all there! 

BAAML's Second Annual Dinner- A Success!

posted Mar 17, 2011, 5:41 PM by Nadia Aziz   [ updated May 4, 2011, 1:30 PM by Fairuz Abdullah ]


Thank you to all of our sponsors, attendees and speakers for making this a wonderful and inspiring event.  We hope this event inspired everyone to work with us on the projects BAAML has launched for the community.

The Bay Area Association of Muslim Lawyers

is proud to present its Second Annual Dinner:

Building Bridges for Community Empowerment


Reginald Shuford, the Director of Law and Policy at the Equal Justice Society, and tireless opponent of racial profiling!

Reginald Shuford is the Director of Law and Policy at the Equal Justice Society where he leads the organization’s litigation efforts challenging barriers and efforts to heighten consciousness around race in legal and popular discourse. Shuford was previously a senior staff counsel in the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation’s Racial Justice Program where he helped pioneer legal challenges to racial profiling practices nationwide and served as the ACLU’s chief litigator in challenges to racial profiling and has filed a half dozen landmark lawsuits against major airlines alleging racial discrimination, as well as a nationwide challenge to the Transportation Security Administration’s management of the No-Fly List.

Opening, Ash Kalra
is a Councilmember for the City of San José. Ash Kalra worked as an attorney for the Santa Clara County Public Defender's Office representing indigent clients. Ash is the first Indian-American to be elected to the San José City Council.

Honorees, Veena Dubal
, Staff Attorney, National Security & Civil Rights, Asian Law Caucus and Summer Hararah, National Security and Civil Rights Program Coordinator, Asian Law Caucus

posted Sep 2, 2010, 6:40 PM by Nadia Aziz   [ updated Oct 11, 2010, 6:23 PM by Fairuz Abdullah ]

Sold Out Ramadan Iftaar a Great Success

posted Sep 13, 2009, 11:49 AM by Fairuz Abdullah   [ updated Sep 13, 2009, 12:02 PM ]

BAAML's annual Ramadan iftaar was held on the 5th of September and graciously sponsored by the law firm of Ellahie & Farooqui LLP.  Those in attendance were treated to delicious food and to the announcement of BAAML's upcoming participation in campaign to bring legal services to Northern California’s low income and underserved AMEMSA  (Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, and South Asian) communities through rotating legal clinics and town halls.  BAAML is collaborating on the program with the Asian Law Caucus and the South Asian Bar Association, which will focus on areas where there are high concentrations of economically disadvantaged members of the Impacted Communities, including the Tenderloin district of San Francisco, and the cities of Fremont, San Jose, Richmond, Lodi, Tracy, and Stockton.  Those interested in participating in the program should email us at  BAML_net@yahoo.com.  

Members of the BAAML Board (L-R): David Ball, Yumna Daimee, Asma Ahmad (President), Akil Vohra, Fairuz Maida, Khurshid Khoja.  Not pictured: Nura Maznavi.

First Annual BAAML Banquet--tickets are now on sale!

posted Jul 1, 2009, 10:14 PM by asmaahmad123@yahoo.com   [ updated Aug 15, 2009, 12:38 PM by Nura Maznavi ]

The Bay Area Association of Muslim Lawyers (BAAML) presents its First Annual Dinner:

Empowering the Community to Preserve the American Dream

Sunday, October 11, 2009
, 6:00 - 10:00 pm, at New Delhi Restaurant, 160 Ellis Street, San Francisco, CA (map).

Please join us for BAAML’s First Annual Dinner featuring Keynote Speaker James Brosnahan, Chief Counsel for John Walker Lindh and David Chiu, District 3 Supervisor for the City and County of San Francisco.

James Brosnahan
is one of the
nation's most respected and recognized trial lawyers, with expertise in both civil and criminal trial work. He was inducted into The State Bar of California's "Trial Lawyers Hall of Fame" in April 1996 and is recognized as The National Law Journal’s 2006 “Top 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America.”

 We will also be joined by David Chiu, District 3 Supervisor for the City and County of San Francisco and recognize former BAAML President Marwa Elzankaly, partner at McManis Faulkner and recipient of the2009 California Lawyers Attorney of the Year (CLAY) award.

$60 General Admission
$50 Non-profit/Government Employee
$45 BAAML Member Rate
$35 Students
$600 Table of 10

Dinner is open to the general public.  Anyone in the legal field or a related field is encouraged to attend.  To purchase tickets, click on the link below.

Former BAAML President Wins 2009 CLAY Award

posted Jul 1, 2009, 6:23 PM by Nura Maznavi   [ updated Aug 15, 2009, 12:26 PM ]

Marwa M. Elzankaly

McManis Faulkner, San Jose Thanks to Elzankaly, airline passengers whose names are on the federal government's "no-fly list" can now challenge the listing in court. She took Ibrahim v. Dept. of Homeland Security to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which ruled last August that lawsuits against the no-fly list can proceed, giving federal trial courts the option of compelling the government to explain how the names on that list have been chosen. The decision reinstated the lawsuit filed by Elzankaly's client, Rahinah Ibrahim, a Stanford University doctoral student and a native of Malaysia. In January 2005 security personnel refused to let Ibrahim board a plane at San Francisco International Airport, handcuffing and detaining her for two hours. She eventually was released and allowed to fly to Malaysia the next day, but the U.S. government revoked her student visa and refused to confirm or deny whether Ibrahim's name was on the no-fly list or any other government watch list. Ibrahim sued the government for violating her constitutional rights, but the U.S. district court dismissed her case on the ground that federal law requires all challenges to an order of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA)—a part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security—to be filed directly in a federal appeals court, where there is no right to a jury or discovery. However, the Ninth Circuit ruled that because the proscribed names were gathered not by the TSA but by the Terrorist Screening Center—a branch of the FBI, which is not covered by the same statute—federal judges can hear challenges to the no-fly list.


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