Careers in Public Interest

  • September 25, 2019
  • 6:00 PM - 7:50 PM
  • Covington & Burling LLP, 850 10th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

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Interested in public interest work?

Are you a law student, recent grad, or just generally interested in doing more public interest work?  On September 25, come join CAMBA as we hear from leaders in the public interest space discuss how they developed their careers, whether it's by doing public interest work full time or while at a firm. Space is limited to allow participants the opportunity to meaningfully connect and network, so register soon! Light refreshments will be provided.

Date:  Wednesday, September 25 
Time:  Doors open 6:00pm; event runs from 6:15pm - 7:15pm, followed by Q&A/networking
Location: Covington & Burling LLP, 850 10th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Speakers (full bios below):

Lala Qadir, Associate at Covington & Burling LLP

Manar WaheedSenior Legislative and Advocacy Counsel at the ACLU 

Amir Ali, Supreme Court & Appellate Counsel at MacArthur Justice Center

Elsayed Mostafa, Attorney at Military Commissions Defense Organization

Juvaria Khan, Senior Staff Attorney at Muslim Advocates (moderator)

Bios of Speakers

Lala Qadir, Associate at Covington & Burling: Lala's practice focuses on complex litigation, white collar matters, internal corporate investigations, and public policy and government affairs. She also handles a robust pro bono practice at the firm on a variety of matters. Lala is a member of the firm's Artificial Intelligence Initiative, a Professorial Lecturer in Law at George Washington University Law School, and a Distinguished Fellow with the Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism (INSCT) at Syracuse University. She clerked for Chief Judge James E. Baker of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces. She received her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and B.A. from Duke University.

Manar WaheedSenior Legislative and Advocacy Counsel at the ACLU: At the ACLU, Manar works on the intersection of issues impacting Muslim, Arab, Middle Eastern, and South Asian communities, including immigration, national security and counterterrorism, and hate violence and bullying. Prior to the ACLU, Manar was the Deputy Policy Director for Immigration at the White House Domestic Policy Council in the Obama Administration where she assisted with the development of the President’s strategy for building a 21st century immigration system. Manar previously served as Policy Director at South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) and with domestic violence survivors at Legal Services of New York City as a Senior Staff Attorney. Manar received her J.D. from Brooklyn Law School and her B.A. from Wellesley College.

Amir H. Ali, Supreme Court & Appellate Counsel at the MacArthur Justice Center:  Amir oversees MJC's Washington, D.C. office and directs the Criminal Justice Appellate Clinic at Harvard Law School. Amir briefs and argues important civil rights and criminal justice issues in federal appeals courts across the country, including the U.S. Supreme Court. In addition to his criminal justice work, Amir has been involved in challenges to executive policies that seek to oppress and punish minorities and people of color. Amir’s brief documenting President Trump’s record of hatred toward Muslims was cited by Justice Sotomayor in her dissenting opinion concerning the President’s travel ban. Amir is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, serves on the Legal Advisory Council for the Fair Punishment Project, and is a member of the Edward Coke Appellate Inn of Court. Before joining MJC, he was a member of the Supreme Court and Appellate practice at Jenner & Block LLP.  He previously clerked for Judge Raymond C. Fisher on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and Justice Marshall Rothstein on the Supreme Court of Canada. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School.

Elsayed Mostafa, Attorney with Military Commissions Defense Organization: At MCDO, Elsayed works as a public defender for detainees held at Guantanamo Bay. He previously worked with the Detroit Federal Defender Office on a series of high-profile cases. Prior to moving to the US, Elsayed handled an arbitration practice at the Alshalaqani Law Firm in Cairo, Egypt. He received his LLM from Touro Law School, and LLB from Elmenufia Law School in Egypt.

Moderated by Juvaria Khan, Senior Staff Attorney at Muslim Advocates: Juvaria serves as a senior staff attorney at Muslim Advocates. Her work includes impact litigation and legal advocacy on a variety of matters, with a particular focus on challenging the discriminatory enactment and implementation of local, state, and federal laws. Prior to joining Muslim Advocates, Juvaria was a litigation associate at Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP and a law clerk to the Honorable Michael P. Shea of the District of Connecticut. She graduated from Columbia Law School as a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. 

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