Civil Rights and Civic Engagement

U.S. Consulate, Mumbai in association with Burhani College organized a lecture session on “Civil Rights and Civic engagement:  Muslims Americans Post 9/11 and the Muslim Lawyers & the U.S. Legal Profession” by U.S. based Lawyer Mr. Asim Rehman on Thurs 21st March,2013, followed by  an open house, eminent lawyer  and member of the college Management Advocate Yusuf Muchhala wrapped up the discussion with a comparative analysis of the  legal frame work and Indian Muslims. The program was well attended by management member Mr. Abuzar Zakir, Mr. Yassir Choonawalla, Mr. Shoeb Currim, Staff & the students of Burhani College.


Asim Rehman is President and co-founder of the Muslim Bar Association of New York (MuBANY), a professional organization for Muslim lawyers, law students, and legal professionals in the New York area.  MuBANY provides professional services to its members, builds bridges with members of the legal community, and advocates for rights of the Muslim Americans.   


Through MuBANY, Mr. Rehman regularly consults with New York community organizations on matters concerning civil liberties and law enforcement engagement.  He writes and speaks on issues concerning the rights of the Muslim American community and has been a liaison between national civil rights organizations and grassroots Muslim groups.  In 2010, Mr. Rehman was asked to serve on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's HSAC Working Group on Countering Violent Extremism, which developed a series of recommendations for training, community policing, and information sharing.  Mr. Rehman also recently testified before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights regarding federal government engagement with American Muslim communities on civil rights issues.


Mr. Rehman is currently a lawyer for MetLife, a global leader in life insurance and financial products.  As Corporate Counsel, Mr. Rehman provides legal advice to the company on domestic and international disputes, internal investigations, and corporate risk.  He began his legal career as a clerk for a Federal District Judge in New York before joining an international law firm.  In 2005, he took leave from the private sector to serve as a Special Assistant District Attorney in the Brooklyn District Attorney's Office.  Mr. Rehman was a Term Member with the Council on Foreign Relations and is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School and Haverford College.  He is currently on the Multicultural Advisory Committee of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and is a Fellow with the American Muslim Civil Leadership Institute.

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