Legal Resource


Description

“A resource designed to connect Muslim college students to Muslim legal professionals. By building a team of highly qualified Muslim legal professionals, we hope to bolster both the power and the accessibility of the student community to legal advice during a difficult time.”

Goals

  1. Provide Muslim college students anonymous, safe, and direct access to crucial resources
  2. Gather basic data about the questions, to understand the needs of Muslim students
  3. Tailor the programs and services we offer accordingly, to better serve our community

Team

email us at legal@msawest.org

Zahra Billoo is a civil rights attorney and the executive director of the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR). At the onset of 2017, Zahra joined the speaker lineup at the Women’s March on Washington and sued Donald Trump to challenge his “Muslim Ban” Executive Orders.

In the course of her work at CAIR, Zahra is frequently seen at mosques and universities facilitating trainings and workshops as a part of CAIR’s grassroots efforts to empower the American Muslim community and build bridges with allies on civil rights issues. She also provides direct legal services for victims of law enforcement targeting and Islamophobia. Her work has been highlighted in local and national media outlets including the Christian Science Monitor, KTVU, MSNBC, NPR, and the San Jose Mercury News.

Among her awards and recognitions, Zahra has received the 2017 Human Rights Award from the Society of American Law Teachers, the 2014 Unsung Hero Award from the Nationals Lawyers Guild San Francisco Bay Area Chapter, and the 2013 Trailblazer Award from the South Asian Bar Association of Northern California.

A proud graduate of California’s public universities, Zahra graduated Cum Laude from California State University, Long Beach with degrees in Human Resources Management and Political Science. While in college, she held various leadership roles both at campus and state-wide advocacy efforts for college affordability and social justice. She also worked with the California Faculty Association. She earned her J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, and is licensed to practice law in California.

Outside of her work with CAIR, Zahra bakes birthday cakes for foster children through Cake4Kids and is a coordinator for Project Feed, a monthly homeless feeding effort in downtown San Francisco.

Osama Shabaik graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a Bachelors degree in International Studies and Economics. While a student at UCI, Osama was an active member of the Muslim Student Union. Osama went on to complete his J.D. at Harvard Law School and now lives in San Diego, CA where he is a practicing attorney and co-founder of “Tahini” a Middle Eastern street food restaurant.

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