President Obama nominated a Washington counsel Tuesday to a prestigious sovereign judgeship, creation Abid Riaz Qureshi a initial Muslim American tapped for a sovereign judiciary, according to advocacy organizations.
Qureshi has shielded a polite rights of Muslim clients in cases opposite a New York City transport complement and a Transportation Security Administration.
The White House announced Tuesday that Obama had selected Qureshi, a partner during a District law organisation Latham Watkins LLP, to fill a mark on a U.S. District Court for a District of Columbia.
The sovereign probity in a District is one of a many successful in a country; Obama recently incited to this probity to name his Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland.
Like Garland, whose assignment to a Supreme Court has been stalled, Qureshi will not turn a sovereign decider unless his assignment is authorized by a Republican-controlled Senate.
Still, Muslim advocacy organizations distinguished Qureshi’s assignment and pronounced that he would be a initial Muslim American to offer as a sovereign judge.
Nihad Awad, a executive executive of a Council on American-Islamic Relations, pronounced in a matter that Qureshi’s assignment “sends a summary of inclusion that is welcomed by a American Muslim community.”
Qureshi has led his law firm’s pro bono cabinet for a past 4 years, and in that role, he has twice worked with a classification Muslim Advocates to urge Muslim clients’ polite rights, a organization’s executive director Farhana Khera said.
When dual Muslim comedians successfully sued for a right to post their humorous advertisements about their sacrament in a New York subway, Qureshi represented them, Khera said. Before that, she said, he represented a male whose laptop was seized and broken by etiquette officials during Dulles International Airport; Muslim Advocates argued in an amicus brief in that box that a man’s diagnosis was partial of a settlement of Muslim Americans being foul targeted during customs.
“He apparently has an seductiveness in these issues since of his possess faith,” Khera said, though his knowledge is distant broader. “He’s a really pointy authorised mind, and he has a low joining to not usually pro bono work, though we consider to integrity and probity for people of all backgrounds.”
Qureshi’s law firm’s website says that he graduated summa cum laude from Cornell in 1993 and cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1997. Neither Qureshi nor a White House immediately responded to requests for comment.
Republicans in several states have voiced concerns about Islamic law entering a U.S. probity system. Though American courts have never taken sharia, that is Muslim theology, as a source for authorised decisions, during slightest 9 states have upheld laws to anathema a use of sharia law in American courts.