Contemporary Legal Threats & Opportunities Facing American Muslims: A Legal Symposium

October 20, 2017

A Legal Symposium Featuring:

California Attorney General

Xavier Becerra

UC Irvine School of Law and MPAC are hosting a symposium on contemporary legal threats and opportunities facing the American Muslim community.
The current climate of anti-Muslim sentiment and anti-Muslim policies causes American Muslims to be politically isolated, economically disadvantaged, and discriminated against. Excluding American Muslims from political and civic process hurts not only Muslims, but also the country as a whole. A lack of the full involvement of American Muslims shortchanges America from living up to its potential as a country founded on the principles of freedom, justice and equality. 
This symposium will bring together experts in law, government, civil society, and communications to identify contemporary challenges facing the American Muslim community and develop legal and political strategies on how to respond to them.
When:  Friday, October 20, 2017 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Where: UCI Applied Innovation, 5141 California Ave #250, Irvine, CA 92617



8:30 a.m. Opening and Keynote Address

 Xavier Becerra, California Attorney General

Salam Al-Marayati, MPAC President

  1. Song Richardson, Interim Dean, UCI Law

 10:00 a.m. Panel Discussion

Survey of Legal Threats and Opportunities Facing American Muslims 

  • Seema Ahmad, Deputy Federal Public Defender (moderator)
  • Ahilan Arulanantham, Legal Director, ACLU of Southern California
  • Johnathan Smith, Legal Director, Muslim Advocates
  • Haroon Azar, Program Director, Initiative on Security and Religious Freedom, University of California
  • Shafiqa Ahmadi, Professor, USC Education & USC Law



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