President | Gadeir Abbas
Gadeir Abbas is a civil rights attorney based in Chicago, Illinois. He has spearheaded major lawsuits across the country involving constitutional issues of particular concern to the American Muslim community, including the successful landmark challenge to Oklahoma’s State Question 755, a voter-approved referendum that would have barred reference to Islamic religious traditions in Oklahoma's courts. Additionally, Mr. Abbas has litigated on behalf of American Muslims surveilled by warrantless GPS tracking devices, placed on the federal government’s terrorist watch lists, and prevented from building schools and mosques by discriminatory zoning laws. He has appeared on or been quoted by national and international media outlets, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Associated Press, National Public Radio, The Guardian, MSNBC, and CNN. Mr. Abbas studied philosophy at Loyola University Chicago and law at Case Western Reserve University. Prior to becoming an attorney, he taught English in Mississippi with Teach for America.
President-Elect| Salman Azam
Salman Azam is a partner at Azam Chandran & Gilani LLP and has been counseling small and medium sized businesses for nearly a decade in corporate and transactional matters. After completing law school, Mr. Azam worked at a large law firm and then set out to create a brand new firm in 2005 (Lakeshore Law Group LLP) focused on the needs of small & medium sized businesses and professionals, especially those in the South Asian community. In 2012, Lakeshore Law Group LLP became Azam Chandran & Gilani LLP to serve a broader range of clients with an increasing level of legal services. Mr. Azam has been directly involved with corporate formation of new businesses and start-ups in Chicago and across the country. He serves as chief outside counsel for several local corporations and regularly advises not for profits.
Vice President | Saleema Snow
Saleema Snow teaches legal writing and appellate advocacy and directs the Legal Writing Program. Before she began her law teaching, Professor Snow spent over 15 years as a litigator, representing low-income clients in the District of Columbia and rural communities throughout Georgia. Her teaching and scholarship focus on poverty and the law and the intersection of poverty law, teaching and learning, and professional values.
Professor Snow began her legal career as a Covington and Burling Westwood Fellow at the Neighborhood Legal Services Program (NLSP), the District of Columbia’s federally funded legal service organization. She later became a managing attorney at NLSP and represented hundreds of District of Columbia clients during her tenure. After departing NLSP, she became the Legal Director at Advocates for Justice and Education, addressing education discrimination issues. Her commitment to eradicating education disparity continued in her role as a supervising attorney at the Georgia Legal Services Program, where she formed a statewide education advocacy committee to address discriminatory practices against students of color. She also served as an administrative hearing examiner for the District of Columbia Office of Adjudication Services and gained an in-house perspective, working as legal counsel for a state housing agency.
She is a Board Member of KARAMAH – Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights and Vice-President of the Capital Area Muslim Bar Association. On the national level, she is a member of both the Legal Writing Institute and the Association of Legal Writing Directors. She also serves on the Association of American Law Schools Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research -- Diversity and Inclusion Committee.
Professor Snow received her B.F.A. from Howard University and her J.D. from the District of Columbia School of Law, where she was the Student Bar Association President.
Secretary | Yasir Billoo
Yasir Billoo is founding partner of International Law Partners LLP in Hollywood, Florida. Yasir an experienced attorney whose experience ranges from representing large Fortune 500 companies in complex litigation and appeals in state and federal court, to helping small business owners with simple agreements and legal consulting. Yasir focuses his practice on international and domestic business transactions, mergers & acquisitions, and asset purchases; commercial and residential real estate purchase/sale, including title services; and complex commercial litigation, in state and federal court. Yasir is also a Member of the prestigious invitation-only International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC). Yasir received his Juris Doctor from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, a BA in International Relations and a BS in Communications from Florida International University.
Yasir is a founding member and Past President of the Florida Muslim Bar Association. He serves on the Board of several national and local non profit organizations.
Treasurer | Hina Hussain
Hina Hussain is an associate in Joseph, Greenwald & Laake's Civil Litigation practice group. She represents clients in a wide variety of civil cases, including business law matters, employment disputes, civil rights litigation and zoning appeals. Hina has a particular interest in zoning law, and enjoys connecting with local businesspeople seeking to bring new economic development to the community. For instance, she successfully defended an appeal on behalf of a company bringing a Whole Foods to Prince George's County. Hina also enjoys representing local business owners and finding creative and out-of-the box solutions that help her clients achieve their business goals.