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Yasmin Elhady 'GS Woodrow Wilson, most recently served as an attorney to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights in the Office of the General Counsel. She is the daughter of a Libyan father and an Egyptian mother. Her family traveled to the United States as political refugees, seeking asylum from the Gaddafi regime. Yasmin grew up in Alabama and graduated from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia majoring in Middle Eastern Studies and Neuroscience & Behavioral Biology. After completing a graduate fellowship at the American University in Cairo focusing on Arabic, she attended law school in California at the UCLA School of Law. There, Yasmin was the president of her law class as well as president of the Muslim Law Students Association. She wrote onto the UCLA Law Review where she was a comments editor, and also served as the chief articles editor for the UCLA Journal of Islamic & Near Eastern Law. Upon graduation, she was selected for the U.S. Department of Justice’s Attorney General’s Honors Program and served as an attorney advisor with the Executive Office for Immigration Review. She later became an attorney advisor to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.
Wasim Shiliwala is a 3rd year PhD student in the Near Eastern Studies department, where he researches questions related to Islamic law and ethics, legal methodology, and the impact of modernity. Prior to his PhD, he pursued Arabic and Islamic Studies in Jordan for 2 years at the Qasid Institute and the Anwar al-Ulama Center. He has also previously served as a teacher for the MECCA center in NY and as a teaching assistant for SeekersGuidance. He continues his traditional studies on a part-time basis.
Cosponsored with the Muslim Life Program