Alumna Receives Equal Justice Works Fellowship

May 15, 2019

Najmu MohseenTexas A&M University School of Law former student, Najmu Mohseen J.D. '19, has been awarded a 2019 Equal Justice Works Fellowship, one of the most prestigious and competitive post-graduate legal fellowships in the country.

Each year, Equal Justice Works selects a class of passionate public service leaders who have designed two-year projects in partnership with legal services organizations that help build sustainable solutions in the communities where they serve. The selected aspiring public interest lawyers will ​​work on projects of their own design to increase equal access to justice for communities in need. The projects are funded by the generous support of law firms, corporations, foundations, and individuals. ​Mohseen was one of the 76 new lawyers selected from over 450 applicants​.

Mohseen will be hosted by the Constitutional Law Center for Muslims in America, where she will uphold the First Amendment rights of incarcerated Muslims to practice their faith by creating know-your-rights materials for detention centers and prisons. Mohseen will create a comprehensive manual that identifies the constitutionally-protected religious rights of Muslim prisoners and detainees as well as cost-effective methods for implementation by institutions. She will also supplement these efforts by know-your-rights presentations to the Muslim community, so that they will be able to identify when their rights are being violated. She is sponsored by Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.

"The Equal Justice Works Fellowship program offers aspiring public interest lawyers an opportunity to do so much more than provide legal representation—it's an opportunity to become a force for change," said David Stern, executive director at Equal Justice Works. "We are excited to welcome these new Fellows and look forward to seeing how they will help balance the scales of justice in our country."

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Current law students can learn more about designing their own fellowship project.