Board of Advisors
Atiya Aftab, Esq. currently maintains her own practice providing representation to non-profit corporations. Atiya is also an Adjunct Professor at Rutgers University, Department of Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies Program and teaches “Islamic Law and Jurisprudence”. She is also the Chair of the Center for Islamic Life at Rutgers University, convener of the first full-time Muslim Chaplaincy on campus. She is a member of the Rutgers University Board of Overseers that governs the Rutgers University Foundation.
Atiya is the co-founder and chair emeritus of the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom, an international women’s interfaith organization. She has been a member of the Islamic Society of Central Jersey’s (ISCJ) Board of Trustees and Overseers for 20 years and was the first woman chair of the board. She co-found the New Jersey Muslim Lawyer’s Association and has been its Vice-President and Treasurer. She was an active member and chair of the Islamic Society of North America’s Masjid Development Committee and is also a co-founder of the Shia Sunni Alliance of NJ. Atiya is a Fellow with the Arianne de Rothschild Fellowship and completed a certificate program with KARAMAH, Muslim women’s human rights organization.
Atiya was a member of Attorney General Peter Harvey’s Arab and Muslim Advisory Committee (Chair, Education and Training for Law Enforcement Subcommittee) and was a member of the New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Minority Concerns for 10 years. She was also chair of the South Brunswick Women’s Commission and was responsible for organizing its yearly leadership conference for 10 years.
Abed Awad is a partner with Awad & Khoury, LLP. Awad is an adjunct law professor at Rutgers Law School, Newark. Awad has native fluency in Arabic and is an international expert in Islamic law and the laws of Muslim countries. Awad has testified, consulted or provided expert reports in more than 100 matters throughout the United States, Canada, and England concerning the interpretation and application of Shari’a (Islamic law) and/or the laws of specific Muslim countries. Awad is a contributor and the U.S. Editor at ShariaSource.com, a Harvard Law School Islamic Legal Studies’ project. Awad serves on the Board of Directors of American Arab Anti Discrimination Committee and Karamah: Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights.
Awad has been the recipient of numerous awards, most notably the Community Activism Award, Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) (2007); the Vision & Achievement Award, Mental Health Association in Passaic County (2010); Avenue Magazine’s Legal Elite (2010), and Corporate International’s Islamic Law Firm of the Year (2017), Scholar of the Year, New Jersey Muslim Lawyers Association (2018), Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year, Unchained (2018) among others.
Omar Awad is the President and CEO of the Islamic Center of Passaic County (ICPC), the largest Muslim community center in New Jersey. Prior to joining ICPC, Omar was a senior R&D engineer at Becton Dickinson, a leading medical device company. He received his BS and Masters in Biomedical Engineering from NJIT. Omar’s passion and drive for community development, civic and public engagement caused him to shift gears from engineering to nonprofit work. He holds multiple Nonprofit Management certificates from Harvard Business School. In 2017, Omar co-founded the Muslim Federation, a consortium of Muslim community organizations in New Jersey that seeks to become a resource center for Muslim non profit organizations.
Bernard K. Freamon
Professor Freamon was the founding director of Seton Hall Law School’s Center for Social Justice and served for five years as board chairperson of the Essex-Newark Legal Services Corporation. He is a long-time member of the board of editors of the New Jersey Law Journal and he served as an elected member of the Board of Trustees of the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey from 1998 until 2008. In the 1999-2000 academic year, Professor Freamon was a Samuel I Golieb Fellow in Legal History at New York University School of Law. He has been a visiting professor of law at Washington and Lee University School of Law in Lexington, Virginia and at Rutgers University School of Law in Newark, New Jersey. In 2007, he completed a fellowship at the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance and Abolition at Yale University. His international experience includes two years on the law faculty of the University of Nairobi in Nairobi, Kenya and a sabbatical semester as a special student at Al Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt, the premier educational institution in the Sunni Islamic world. While teaching full-time at Seton Hall, Professor Freamon operated ABA-approved study abroad programs in Cairo, Egypt, Zanzibar, Tanzania and Amman, Jordan. The program in Cairo, Egypt, which operated for seventeen years, was the first ABA-approved study abroad program in the Arabic-speaking Middle East.
Kiran K. Gill
Kiran K. Gill is the president of Inspiring South Asian American Women (ISAAW) an organization dedicated to promoting civic and political engagement among South Asian American Women. The newly formed organization was launched in 2017. In addition, Kiran is a volunteer and trainer for the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF). She has conducted Sikh Awareness Training for law enforcement on behalf of SALDEF for over 4 years and assisted with the launch of the Sikh lead program in NJ a program dedicated to providing Sikhs students with legislative internships in New Jersey. Ms. Gill also serves as a board member of The ONE Project, an interfaith and community coalition organized to address social needs through education and volunteerism.
Ms. Gill is a former President CEO of PARS Environmental, Inc., a full service environmental consulting firm based in Robbinsville, New Jersey. Kiran purchased the company in 2003, when she was just in her mid 20s and under her leadership PARS experienced exponential growth. In 2014, Ms. Gill was selected as “Small Business Person of the Year” by the SBA. She represented the State of New Jersey at National SBA conference in Washington, D.C. Ms. Gill was also selected among the Best 50 Women in Business by NJBiz and listed among the top 40 Entrepreneurs under 40 by NJBiz the same year.
Khalid Y. Hamideh
With over 33 years of experience in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex and entire state of Texas. Mr. Hamideh has handled and won multi-million-dollar cases. He has advised large and small business alike and gives counsel to entrepreneurs. Mr. Hamideh is the first Arab and Muslim Attorney in Dallas, Texas. Practices law concentrating on Personal Injury Law & Litigation, business law, Commercial Litigation, civil rights and Family Law. To perform charity work by providing pro bono legal advice and services to organizations and individuals on cases involving discrimination based on religion, ethnic background, and/or civil liberties/civil rights cases. In his free time, Mr. Hamideh enjoys spending time with his family and grandchildren and is a big fan of the Dallas Cowboys and the Dallas Mavericks.
Nadia Kahf is an attorney with a private practice in Haledon, New Jersey. She practices in the areas of family law, immigration and real estate. Ms. Kahf is a graduate of Seton Hall University School of Law and has a BA from Montclair State University and an MA from New York University. Ms. Kahf has been a CAIR-NJ board member since 2003, the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights organization, and is currently the Chairwoman. She is the legal advisor to Wafa House, Inc., a non-profit domestic violence agency located in Passaic County.
Ms. Khaled is an international development and foreign policy expert, social entrepreneur, and executive manager. She brings more than two decades of experience in the international arena working across the non-profit and for-profit sectors in more than 20 countries.
In 2005, Ms. Khaled co-founded the Development Innovations Group (DIG), LLC – an international development management consulting firm that works with governments and civil society across Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, to improve the lives of the poor. As Executive Vice President, Ms. Khaled oversaw DIG’s project management and business development operations focusing in financial inclusion, urban development, and inclusive governance.
Adeel A. Mangi
Adeel A. Mangi is a partner in the litigation department at Patterson Belknap Webb and Tyler LLP in New York. He serves on the Boards of Directors of the Legal Aid Society, Muslims for Progressive Values, and the National LGBT Bar Association; and on the Board of Advisors of the Alliance of Families for Justice.
In 2018 and 2017, based upon work pioneered and led by Mr. Mangi, Patterson Belknap was awarded the “Legal Leadership Award” by the American Civil Liberties Union—New Jersey; the “Champions of Justice” award by the Muslim Bar Association of New York; the “Religious Liberty Award” (2018) and the “Landmark” litigation award (2017) by the New Jersey Muslim Lawyers Association; and the Trailblazer Award by the South Asian Bar Association of New Jersey. Mr. Mangi was also declared Pro Bono Attorney of the Year by the South Asian Bar Association of New York.
Omar T. Mohammedi is the founder and managing partner of the Law Firm of Omar T. Mohammedi, LLC, established in 1998. Omar Mohammedi’s previous experience includes working at Shearman & Sterling, LLP and Anderson Kill & Olick, PC. Omar Mohammedi received the 2016-2017 attorney of the year award at the Academy of Muslim Achievement. The award was in recognition for his dedication, commitment and success as a prominent civil rights attorney handling various high profile cases on profiling, discrimination, religious establishment, as well as illegal surveillance issues by the NYPD. Mr. Mohammedi is a prominent civil rights lawyer and activist. He has litigated cases of national prominence and has been the lawyer in major court opinions. Mr. Mohammedi has successfully represented clients in high profile cases such as, Amadou Diallo v. the City of New York et al., Shqeirat v. US Airways Group, Inc. et al (known as the six Imams case) and Stephanie Lewis v. Transit Authority et al. Mr. Mohammedi has extensive experience in complex multi-district litigation (MDL) cases such as In re 9/11 Litigation and Appellate work. Mr. Mohammedi is an adjunct professor of Law at Fordham Law School. Mr. Mohammedi is a former NYC Commissioner on Human Rights. In 2002, he was the first Arab and Muslim American to serve in this capacity. Mr. Mohammedi is the President of the Association of Muslim American Lawyers (“AMAL”).
Mark Salah Morgan
Mark Morgan is a partner at Day Pitney, LLP. Mr. Morgan has been selected as a New Jersey Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), Business Litigation, Criminal Defense: White Collar from 2015 to 20018. In 2014, Mr. Morgan was recognized as an Empire State Counsel by the New York State Bar Association for his pro bono commitment. He is the former chairman of the board of directors of a non-profit, non-governmental organization of the United Nations dedicated to global issues education. He currently serves on various civic and charitable organizations throughout New Jersey and New York, including MyVa New Jersey, Life’s WORC and The Family Center for Autism.
Rania Mustafa is the Executive Director of the Palestinian American Community Center. For over 10 years, she has been involved in non-profit work in various capacities from volunteering to leadership positions. Ms. Mustafa helped found and launch the Think Tank for the IAMY, a subcommittee to the convention, in which the daily issues of American Muslims are explored, researched, and studied in hopes of providing services to aid the community. Ms. Mustafa published a scholarly article in the journal of Muslim Mental Health about whether religious participation and discrimination play a role in the formation of an integrated American Muslim identity in youth and how that in turn can affect their motivation to engage in social action. Ms. Mustafa graduated with high honors from New York University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Applied Psychology and earned a graduate certification in non-profit management from Harvard University.
Asifa Quraishi-Landes is a Professor of Law at the University of Wisconsin Law School specializing in comparative Islamic and U.S.constitutional law, with a current focus on modern Islamic constitutional theory. She is also a leader in the Muslim legal community in the United States, including being a founding director of NAML (National Association of Muslim Lawyers) and past President of Karamah: Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights. She also sits on the Board of the Muslim Public Service Network, Bayan Claremont Islamic Graduate School, and the Muslim Youth Camp of California.
Atif Rehman is a corporate attorney practicing in New York City. A native of Toronto Canada, he moved to New York after completing college and began his career as a CPA at KPMG LLP. He later attended Indiana University School of Law where he had the opportunity to serve as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Judge Melissa S. May of the Indiana Court of Appeals (4th District). Upon graduating from law school, Atif returned to New York to join the capital markets practice of Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft LLP. He currently serves as an in-house counsel in the New York offices of an international investment bank. Atif co-chairs an employee resource group focused on diversity and interfaith discussions in the workplace.
Atif also sits on the Zoning Board of Adjustment for the township of Teaneck where he resides. He previously served as the President of the Muslim Bar Association of New York (MUBANY).
Sami Shaban, Esq.
Sami is a founding partner of SSJ Law Group. His practice focuses on corporate counsel matters, specifically in the areas of corporate immigration and franchise law. Prior to SSJ, Sami spent over 10 years as a consultant to various fortune 500 companies. In his most recent experience he provided direct counsel and management support to the CEO of one of the world’s largest hedge funds. His unique combination of business and legal experience provides clients with comprehensive counsel on corporate matters.
Amol Sinha serves as the Executive Director of the ACLU-NJ. Mr. Sinha previously served a policy advocate at the Innocence Project, where he led state-level policy campaigns nationwide to address wrongful convictions.
From 2010-2015, Amol was the director of the Suffolk County Chapter of the New York Civil Liberties Union, where he led efforts to defend and promote the constitutional rights of all Suffolk County residents, particularly around policing and criminal justice, immigrants’ rights, and education reform. At the NYCLU, Amol worked on legislation, litigation, and community-based advocacy, and gained a deep understanding of the need to work collaboratively with community members, advocates, and government officials in order to advance policy.
Dalya Youssef is currently a Senior Staff Attorney in the Matrimonial Unit at Central Jersey Legal Services, Inc. where she represents clients on all aspects of family law issues as well as guardianships in the Superior Court and Appellate Court. Prior to that Ms. Youssef successfully ran her own practice. Ms. Youssef has received many awards over the course of her career such as: 2008 Volunteer Lawyer’s for Justice Pro Bono Award, 2012 Strengthen Our Sisters Service Award for Representation of Victims of Domestic Violence, 2014 Middlesex County Bar Association Pro Bono Attorney of the Year and 2019 Wafa House service award. In addition to her involvement with NJMLA, she has also served on many other boards and organizations including the Middlesex County Bar Foundation, the Supreme Court Committee on Women in the Courts, the NJSBA Diversity Committee and the NJSBA Pro Bono Committee.