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Welcome to The Association of Muslim American Lawyers
The new AMAL aims to provide essential programs and activities to help support American Muslim lawyers at every step--whether pre-law, law student, a young associate, solo practitioner, or senior partner.
Please refer back to this website for information on upcoming events and activities. Sign up to AMAL's listserv to join a community of American Muslim lawyers in the Tri-State Area.
We at the Association of Muslim American Lawyers (“AMAL”) are shell-shocked by the sudden loss of the Honorable Sheila E. Abdus-Salaam on April 12, 2017. Judge Abdus-Salam was the first in many categories—most notably the first African American female, and first Muslim, Judge to sit on New York State’s highest court. Read More…
The Association of Muslim American Lawyers (“AMAL”) is disappointed with the process by which Mayor de Blasio’s has appointed Stephen Robinson to serve as the Civilian Representative to the NYPD’s reconstituted “Handschu Committee.” In a meeting we held with his team and a follow-up letter attached we expressed the importance to consult with the community on the appointment. The post of “civilian representative” is critical in that it was created to restore public confidence in the NYPD’s intelligence gathering practices. Specifically, the Civilian Representative is tasked with overseeing the NYPD’s intelligence investigations, and ensuring compliance with the landmark Handschu v. Special Services DivisionConsent Decree (as recently modified by Raza, et al., v. City of New York), which restricts abusive, discriminatory, and unconstitutional surveillance by the NYPD. Despite the de Blasio Administration’s promises, the appointment of Mr. Robinson was done with neither the advice, nor the consent, nor the consultation of the New York City Muslim Community (the community victimized by the NYPD’s illegal practices). While AMAL recognizes Mr. Robinson’s outstanding professional accomplishments, we have no assurance or confidence that this “blind” appointment will help address the very issues that gave rise to the Raza, et al., v. City of New York lawsuit in the first place.
Over the last several decades, New York, like the country at large, has experienced a cycle of unconstitutional police abuses and incidents of police violence, a systemic lack of meaningful and timely accountability for the perpetrators of police abuses, and resulting public outrage. The increased availability of video footage, often from bystanders and those who obverse and document police misconduct, has made the public more aware of incidents of police abuse of authority, excessive force, and unjust killings by police nationally and locally. In the aftermath of the deaths of individuals like Ramarley Graham, Shantel Davis, Eric Garner, and many others, the systemic failures of the New York City Police Department (“NYPD”) to hold officers accountable when they unjustly kill New Yorkers has become increasingly clear. The amici present this brief to emphasize the importance of transparency in promoting accountability and implementing appropriate reform. Read More
Join us for a cutting-edge discussion about civil rights in America and to commemorate ten years of The Association of Muslim American Lawyers (AMAL).
November 3rd, 2016
6:30 PM – 10 PM
Midtown Hilton Hotel
1335 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY, 10019
Recently, AMAL submitted a comment to the Southern District of New York regarding the fairness hearing in Handschu v. Special Servs. Div., No. 71 Civ. 2203 (CSH) and Raza, et al. v. City of New York, et al., 13 CV 3448 (PKC)(JO).
The fairness hearing is scheduled for June 1, 2016 and will address whether the settlement in the Raza case and the proposed revisions to the Handschu Guidelines are fair and reasonable.