NLG Pakistan Delegation Report Back

February 11, 2008

After Benazir: Eyewitness Accounts of Lawyers on Pakistan's Constitutional Crisis and the Implications for Global Security

A panel discussion co-sponsored by the Bay Area Association of Muslim Lawyers and the South Asian Bar Association of Northern California on Monday, February 11th at 6 pm.

Hosted by Thelen Reid Brown Raysman & Steiner LLP, 101 Second Street, San Francisco, CA 94105.

Join our distinguished panel of speakers as they examine the future of the rule of law in Pakistan and explore connections among the struggle for an independent judiciary, the pro-democracy movement, the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, the upcoming elections, and the "War on Terror".

Our Speakers:

Ali Zahid Rahim is lawyer from Lahore, Pakistan and formerly an Associate Advocate at the law firm Minto & Mirza. Mr. Rahim is a member of the Lahore High Court Bar Association and the Punjab Bar Council, and has been an active participant in the lawyer's movement that began in March 2007 in support of the ousted Chief Justice of Pakistan and for the independence of the judiciary. He is currently pursuing an LLM at UC Berkeley School of Law.

Radhika Sainath is currently a third year law student at UC Berkeley School of Law and a member of the South Asian Law Students Association. During her law school career, Ms.Sainath has worked at the ACLU, the Center for Constitutional Rights and the Asian American Legal Defense Fund, on issues relating to national security, war crimes, free speech and immigrants' rights. Prior to law school, Ms. Sainath has served as an organizer with UNITE and the International Solidarity Movement.

Shahid Buttar is the newest Counsel at Muslim Advocates, where his work will focus on addressing racial and religious profiling affecting Muslim-Americans. A 2003 graduate of Stanford Law School, he served as Executive Editor of the Stanford Environmental Law Review and the only Teaching Assistant for Constitutional Law in 2002-03. Prior to embarking upon his legal career, Mr. Buttar was offered a position in the U.S. Department of State's Foreign Service, and later served as an Associate Director of the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy, where he led the organization's national communications and outreach departments efforts from 2005 until very recently.

Ms. Sainath and Mr. Buttar recently travelled to Pakistan on a fact-finding mission as part of an 8-member delegation of the National Lawyers Guild. The delegation recently released "Defending Dictatorship" a report compiled at the invitation of the Rule of Law project at the Lahore University of Management Sciences. The report is available here.