MBA Chicago Goes to NAML 2022
The Muslim Bar Association of Chicago made a strong showing at the National Association of Muslim Lawyers annual conference. More than a dozen Chicago-area attorneys joined around 150 Muslim lawyers, judges, and law students from around the country. Attendees included state and federal judges, government attorneys, public interest attorneys, in-house counsel, big law attorneys, solo practitioners and attorneys at smaller firms, academics, and law students.
The two-day conference at the Renaissance Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, gave attendees valuable opportunities to network, as well as learn about and discuss issues related to Muslim lawyers and the legal profession more broadly.
Members of the MBA Chicago community spoke at the conference on a number of engaging topics. Mahrukh Hussain, MBA Chicago Advisory Board Member and General Counsel & Corporate Secretary at United Natural Foods (UNFI), spoke on a panel about in-house career perspectives. Asifa Quraishi-Landes, MBA Chicago Advisory Board Member, NAML Founder, and law professor at the University of Wisconsin, offered a brief history of NAML and spoke on panels regarding the path to academia and mediating, arbitrating, and settling intra-community disputes. Azam Nizamuddin, MBA Chicago Advisory Board Member and managing partner at Martoccio & Martoccio, moderated the intra-community dispute resolution panel. Leena El-Sadek, a litigation associate at Skadden in Chicago, led a practice area meet & greet for big law attorneys. Noor Hasan, co-founder and co-director of the Muslim Judicial Law Clerkships Network and litigation associate at Bartlit Beck, spoke on a panel about Muslims breaking barriers in appellate litigation. And Gadeir Abbas, senior litigation attorney at CAIR-National and former NAML President, moderated a panel on writing effective amicus briefs.