Maaria Mozaffar, Principal Attorney

Maaria Mozaffar has experience in legal mediations, legislative negotiations and policy advocacy. She served as legal advisor for CAIR Chicago the largest Muslim civil rights organization in the United States where she mediated discrimination cases resulting in monetary settlements as well as employee benefits and  employer-employee duty agreements. She has developed policy on different issues in the state of Illinois and spearheaded negotiation agreements and  policy task forces. She believes her strongest mentors in these processes have been the wide variety of community organizations she has worked with around the state of Illinois.

In addition to policy development and legislative strategy in the State of Illinois, Maaria has experience in grass roots lobbying and advocacy organizing. She founded and chaired the Illinois Civil Liberties Coalition of Illinois, a 22 member coalition comprised of professional legal organizations and advocacy groups including but not limited to the American Civil Liberties Union, The National Lawyers Guild and the Chicago Council of Lawyers. The Coalition lobbied members of Congress on civil rights violations of the US Patriot Act by holding town hall district meetings and press conferences with Congressional representatives as well as carried through phone-in and letter writing lobby campaigns to all the major media outlets in Illinois. Maaria has been a frequent guest speaker, lecturer and panelist on conferences around the country on issues regarding civil rights and civil liberties.

Maaria Mozaffar is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, a Chicago Committee member of Human Rights Watch and a board member of the Inner City Muslim Action Network. She received her undergraduate degrees in Political Science and English - Short Fiction from the University of Illinois at Chicago where she served as President of the Undergraduate Student Body. She was a recipient of the Ron Brown Memorial Public Service Scholarship, Chancellor's Student Service Awards and Distinguished Advocacy Award awarded by the Chancellor's Committee for Students with Disabilities. She received a certificate in British Contemporary Politics and Development of Anglo- Saxon Law from the Ohio State University and Oxford University Pre - Law Program. She received her JD from the University of Illinois College of Law where she served as President of the Muslim Law Students Association and President of the Student Bar Association. She is licensed to practice law in the State of Illinois.

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