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  • February 07, 2017 2:09 PM | Anonymous

    Dear CAMBA Community Members,

    On January 27, 2016, President Trump signed an executive order halting the entry of refugees, and barring travel and immigration from seven Muslim-majority nations. The executive order is the latest step in a series of President Trump’s campaign proposals, including “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.” The order has alarmed many within, and beyond, the Muslim American community as contrary to core American principles, such as equality and diversity.

    In response to the executive order, attorneys and legal professionals across the country, including CAMBA members, organized, filed legal challenges, represented detained persons, and volunteered at airports. We are proud of, and have deep respect and admiration for, all of their efforts. These efforts not only directly helped those affected by the executive order, but also helped shape the legal challenges being filed in the judicial system. For example, a nationwide temporary restraining order preventing the enforcement of the executive order is currently being considered by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Litigation on the merits of the challenge continues.

    CAMBA’s mission is to foster a sense of fellowship amongst diverse Muslim legal professionals and establish an institutional presence within the Capital Area legal community. As part of this mission and in response to the executive order, CAMBA will provide education and training on legal issues that impact the Muslim and non-Muslim community at large. CAMBA will also serve as a resource by facilitating communications from legal organizations and professional associations to our members.

    In an effort to share resources with the community, CAMBA has created a "Community Resources" section on our website. The section has two tabs, entitled "Executive Order" and “Guidance and Fact Sheets”, and provides resources related to the executive order. Over the last week, members of the CAMBA community posted resources related to the executive order through the CAMBA yahoo listserv. If you are not already subscribed to the CAMBA yahoo listserv, you may do so by sending a blank email to: muslimlawyer-subscribe@yahoogroups.com. You may also share resources directly with the board by sending an email to cambadirectors@gmail.com.

    We encourage you to reach out to us with any questions, concerns, or feedback you may have about how CAMBA can be a resource for you at this time.

    Thank you,

    CAMBA Board of Directors


  • January 27, 2017 1:28 PM | Anonymous

    Here are a few opportunities of interest to the CAMBA community. 

    MUSLIM ADVOCATES TELECONFERENCE

    Worried about Trump's executive orders targeting Muslims and immigrants? Muslim Advocates, Arab American Institute, and American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), invite you to join us for a teleconference to discuss recent policy changes from the Trump Administration regarding refugees, restriction on entry into the United States for Arabs and Muslims, and other policies that target our communities based on ethnicity and religion. 
    Join us: Date: Friday, January 27, 2017
    Time: 3:00pm ET / Noon PT

    Note: This teleconference is closed to members of the press and government employee

    Speakers Shoba Wadhia, Director, Center for Immigrants’ Rights Clinic, Penn State Law
    Mark Silverman, Senior Staff Attorney, Immigrant Legal Resource Center
    Staff from Muslim Advocates, AAI & ADC
    Sign up here:
    Please contact Fatima Azam by email at fatima@muslimadvocates.org if you have any questions. 

    *******

    Representing and Protecting Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, and South Asian Clients from “Registries” & Delays and Pretextual Denials of USCIS Applications (CARRP)

    Hosted by: ACLU of California, Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus, Council on American-Islamic Relations San Francisco Bay Area, National Lawyers Guild San Francisco Bay Area, and Arab Resource & Organizing Center. 

    Friday, January 27th, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (PST)/2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. EST

    Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus
    (55 Columbus Ave., San Francisco) 
    There is urgency within Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, and South Asian (AMEMSA) immigrant communities in light of calls for a so-called “Muslim registry” and “ban on Muslim immigration.” Please join us for a 101 training that will cover:
     
    • How immigration law has intersected with national security in past discriminatory registration programs such as the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS);
    • How USCIS policies allow for pretextual delays and denials of AMEMSA USCIS applications through CARRP; review of ACLU-SC updated practice advisory on representing immigrants facing CARRP;
    • How these programs intersect with FBI and law enforcement; and
    • Best practices when representing AMEMSA clients.
    Speakers: Jennie Pasquarella, Director of Immigrant Rights & Staff Attorney at ACLU Southern California; Staff from Advancing Justice- Asian Law Caucus; Staff from Council on American-Islamic Relations, San Francisco Bay Area; and more.  We will also provide information on future volunteer and training opportunities. To attend via webinar, register at: http://bit.ly/2j304NQ To attend in person, register at: http://bit.ly/2jSC0x4


    *****

    NAML Legal Strategy Retreat 

    (Saturday, January 28 at Columbia University Law School)

    (1) Increased Capacity! - Due to an overwhelming interest in the event (and a temporary waitlist) we have now obtained a larger space and are continuing registration!! Please register HERE

    (2) Livestream! - For those who may be unable to attend, we are setting up a live stream of the event panels, from 1:30 PM EST to 5:00 PM EST. If you are interested, please sign up to receive the link HERE

    Contact Jabeen Adawi (jabeenreza@gmail.com)


  • September 09, 2016 11:33 AM | Anonymous

    Dear CAMBA: 

    The 2016 CAMBA Election Committee has established the following timeline for elections.  

    Date

    Deadline

    October 9, 2016

    Deadline for Board Candidates to Submit Materials to Elections Committee

    (Please note that in order to be eligible to run for the elections, you must be a dues paying member for the 2016-2017 bar year.  Log onto your CAMBA account or email cambadirectors@gmail.com to verify your membership status.)

    Week of October 10 or 17, 2016

    Candidate Meet and Greet (Date and Location TBA)

    November 13, 2016

    Deadline to become an Eligible Member Voter

    Week of November 14, 2016

    Voting Week

    Week of November 21, 2016

    Election Results Announced (Or Runoff Election held, if necessary)  

    Week of November 28, 2016

    Annual Meeting (Date and Location TBA)

     


  • September 09, 2016 11:00 AM | Anonymous

    Assalam Alaikum from the CAMBA 2016 Elections Committee!

    As stated in the September 7, 2016 email from the Board of Directors of CAMBA, the Board is getting ready to hold elections to elect three (3) Lawyer Members to the Board of Directors.  To that end, as provided in the Bylaws, the Board has established the Elections Committee to determine the process for holding the elections.  The 2016 Elections Committee has met and outlined the 2016 Elections Process below.

    CAMBA 2016 Elections Process:

    1. September 9, 2016 -- 2016 Elections Process Established

    The Bylaws require that the elections process be set at least 60 days prior to the election.  This email shall constitute notice of the final elections process for the 2016 elections to elect three (3) Lawyer Members to the Board of Directors.  Please note that the 2016 Elections Process shall also be posted to the CAMBA website.

    2.  October 9, 2016 -- Deadline for Members to Submit Elections Materials

    The Bylaws provide that the Board shall be an odd number not less than five (5) nor more than nine (9), and that Directors shall be elected by a plurality of the votes cast. 

    The Bylaws provide that only "Lawyer Members" are eligible to vote and stand for board elections.  Generally, a "Lawyer Member" is any person who satisfies the following requirements: (i) paid applicable membership dues; and (ii) lawyer admitted to practice who lives or works in the greater Washington area OR lawyer not admitted to practice but has a JD, LLM, LLB or a foreign law degree and lives or works in the greater Washington area.  If you have any questions about whether you qualify to vote and/or stand for board elections, please feel free to contact the 2016 Elections Committee.

    The 2016 elections shall be held to elect three (3) Lawyer Members to the Board.  The three (3) available Board positions shall be filled by members not on the current Board and are elected for a term of two (2) years.

    Any Lawyer Member that would like to stand for the 2016 board elections must submit the following materials to the 2016 Elections Committee (email address: 
    CAMBA.Elections.Committee@gmail.com) by October 9, 2016

    a)     Notice of intent to stand for the 2016 board elections; and

    b)    Submission of written responses to the following questions which shall be shared on CAMBA's website and by email via the listserv (please limit your responses to half a page):

    1.     Name

    2.     Brief summary of your legal education, experience and background

    3.     Why do you want to be on the CAMBA Board?

    4.     What skills/qualifications will you bring to the CAMBA Board?

    5.     What are your goals for CAMBA?

    6.     Please share any additional information about yourself that you would like to add

    7.     Contact information

    3.  The Week of October 10 or October 17, 2016 -- Meet & Greet with Candidates

    During the week of either October 10 or October 17, 2016, the 2016 Elections Committee shall call a CAMBA general body meeting to allow the candidates running for the 2016 board elections to introduce themselves and answer any questions that people have.  All candidates running will be given approximately 3 minutes to present themselves to those in attendance and that timing will be monitored by the elections committee.  The order of candidate presentations will be chosen at random. The time and location will be announced on CAMBA's website and by email via the listserv. 

    4.  November 13, 2016 -- Deadline for Becoming an Eligible Voting Member

    To vote in the 2016 board elections, you must be a "Lawyer Member" byNovember 13, 2016.  Any person who becomes a Lawyer Member after November 13, 2016 shall not be eligible to vote in the 2016 board elections.

    5.  The Week of November 14, 2016 -- Voting

    All eligible Lawyer Members shall receive an email invitation to vote during the week of November 14, 2016.  Voting shall take place electronically and each Lawyer Member shall receive the email invitation to the email address CAMBA has for such Lawyer Member in its records as of November 13, 2016.  Please note that each Lawyer Member may only submit their vote once and no changes/edits will be allowed. 

    The voting window shall open Monday, November 14, 2016 at 9am EST, and shall close Friday, November 18, 2016 at 5pm EST.  The three (3) candidates with the most votes will join the Board of Directors.  Should there be a tie among candidates for a position on the Board, a runoff will be held the following week.

    6.  The Week of November 21, 2016 -- Election Results Announced (Assuming No Runoff)

    Election results shall be announced on CAMBA's website and by email via the list serv on Monday, November 21, 2016

    The 2016 Elections Committee shall call a CAMBA annual general meeting to formally introduce the new members of the CAMBA Board during the week ofNovember 21, 2016.  The time and location will be announced on CAMBA's website and by email via the listserv.

    Please feel free to contact the 2016 Elections Committee if you have any comments or questions relating to the 2016 Elections Process.

    ****
    2016 Elections Committee: 
    Kendall Niles, Serwat Perwaiz, Hasan Mansori, Rabehah Kamaluddin, Arslan Malik, Hussain Karim, Nadia Firozvi, Akbar Siddiqui 


  • September 16, 2015 5:47 PM | Anonymous

    Salaams everyone!

    We are excited to announce that the new and improved CAMBA website is now live at www.cambadc.org!  

    The new site was designed in conjunction with the CAMBA logo, which was launched earlier this year.  Not only does the website have a new look, we have incorporated much more functionality to improve the user experience and enhance communications about CAMBA events and updates.  Some of our new online features include:

    ·       Enhanced Membership application and renewal process;

    ·       Online portal, allowing individuals to manage their online profile and track membership status;

    ·       Improved event registration, and access to membership discounts when available;

    ·       and more.

    Special thanks go to Suhail Mishlawi, Nabeel Yousef and Naveen Malik for their tireless assistance with the CAMBA website in its current and former iterations. 

    We hope that you are as excited about our new website as we are and will take some time to explore all of the new and improved features. Please share your feedback, comments or questions at cambawebsmaster@gmail.com. Please update your bookmarks for the new site! 

    Thank you,

    Board of  Directors

    Capital Area Muslim Bar Association

  • September 01, 2015 10:57 PM | Anonymous

    Assalam Alaikum!

    Following the Elections Committee’s announcement outlining the 2015 Elections Process, please mark your calendars with the following important dates and deadlines:  

    Date

    Deadline

    October 1, 2015

    Deadline for Board Candidates to Submit Materials to Elections Committee

    (Please note that in order to be eligible to run for the elections, you must be a dues paying member for the 2015-2016 bar year.  Email cambadirectors@gmail.com to verify your membership status.)

    Week of October 5, 2015

    Candidate Meet and Greet (Date and Location TBA)

    November 1, 2015

    Deadline to become an Eligible Member Voter

    Week of November 2, 2015

    Voting Week

    Week of November 9, 2015

    Election Results Announced (Or Runoff Election held, if necessary)  

    Week of November 16, 2015

    Annual Meeting (Date and Location TBA)

     

    Please feel free to contact the 2015 Elections Committee at CAMBA.Elections.Committee@gmail.com if you have any comments or questions relating to the 2015 Elections Process.   

    The CAMBA Board thanks 2015 Elections Committee members Mohammad Amer, Nadia Firozvi, Akbar Siddiqui, Lubna Khan and Ali Khawar. 

  • June 24, 2015 11:47 PM | Anonymous

    The Capital Area Muslim Bar Association unveiled its new logo at the Annual Ramadan Iftar Dinner at Crowell & Moring on June 24, 2015.  The logo was developed to create an identifiable brand that aligns with our long-term vision for this bar association.

    The CAMBA logo evokes the image of the Supreme Court to represent that we are: 1) legal professionals, 2) based in Washington D.C., 3) with a Muslim identity. The five pillars of our faith are seamlessly reflected in the number of courthouse columns, reinforcing the notion that the pursuit of justice – inherent to American and Muslim ideals – is in fact a singular endeavor for our legal professionals. Our vision is that one day we will be a comparably influential institution in the legal community. The font displays breaks in continuity except for the letter M, signifying that Muslims are unified and strong.

    The logo's image, colors, and font all converge to illustrate the identity of our bar association: Muslim American legal professionals based in our nation's capital.

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