Breaking: Noura Erakat to Receive the Hala Salaam Maksoud Leadership Award

American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee

Noura Erakat to Receive the Hala Salaam Maksoud Leadership Award

Washington, D.C. | | May 28, 2014 – The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) is proud to announce Ms. Noura Erakat will be the recipient of the 2014 Hala Salaam Maksoud Leadership Award. Ms. Earakat will receive the award in recognition of her outstanding dedication and leadership in the Arab American community. 

Register now for the ADC National Convention and join us in honoring Ms. Erakat and other community leaders and activists, June 12-15 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, VA. Space is limited so make sure to sign up today! To view the full Convention program click here.

About Noura Erakat:

Noura Erakat is a human rights attorney and activist. She is currently a Abraham  L. Freedman Teaching Fellow at Temple University, Beasley School of Law and a member of the Legal Support Network for the Badil Resource Center for Palestinian Refugee and Residency Rights. She has taught international human rights law in the Middle East at Georgetown University since Spring 2009, and will begin teaching at George Mason University as a tenure track faculty member in the Fall 2014. Noura is a Co-Editor of Jadaliyya, an independent ezine produced by ASI (Arab Studies Institute), the umbrella organization that produces Arab Studies Journal, Tadween Publishing, FAMA, and Quilting Point.

Most recently she served as Legal Counsel for the Domestic Policy Subcommittee of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee in the House of Representatives. Prior to her time on Capitol Hill, Noura received a New Voices Fellowship to work as the national grassroots organizer and legal advocate at the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation where she helped seed BDS campaigns nationally as well as support the cases brought against two former Israeli officials in U.S. federal courts for alleged war crimes. Prior to attending law school, she helped launch the divestment campaign along with the Students for Justice in Palestine at UC Berkeley. 

She has helped to initiate and organize several national formations including AMWAJ-Arab Women Arising for Justice and the U.S. Palestinian Community Network (USPCN). She currently serves on the board of the Institute for Policy Studies; the Trans-Arab Research Institute; is a Policy Advisor to Al-Shabaka; and is a founding member of the DC Palestinian Film and Arts Festival. Noura spent the spring 2010 academic semester in Beirut, Lebanon where she worked with human rights attorney, Nizar Saghieh, on several issues including administrative detention of Iraqi refugees. Noura helped Saghieh establish the Legal Agenda, a Lebanon-based NGO dedicated to studying law and society and that advocates for legal reform in the Arab world through civic and judicial empowerment.  

Noura has appeared on multiple national and international news outlets, including MSNBC, Fox News, NBC, PBS-THIRTEEN, NPR, and Al-Jazeera Arabic and English. Her publications have appeared in The Nation, The Hill, Foreign Policy, Al Ahram English, Fair Observer, The Interdependent, IntLawGrrls, The Huffington Post, and Al Jazeera. Noura’s scholarly publications include: “Litigating the Arab-Israeli Conflict: The Politicization of U.S. Federal Courts” in the Berkeley Law Journal of Middle Eastern and Islamic Law;  US v. ICRC: Customary International Humanitarian Law and Universal Jurisdiction” in the Denver Journal of International Law and Policy; and “New Imminence in the Time of Obama: The Impact of Targeted Killings on the Law of Self-Defense” forthcoming in the Arizona Law Review. 

Noura earned her J.D. and undergraduate degrees from the University of California at Berkeley (Phi Beta Kappa) and a LLM in National Security from Georgetown University Law Center (Distinction & Dean’s List). 

Early Registration Still Open for 2014 National Convention!

Early Bird Registration rates for the Annual Convention are still available! Register by May 30th and get a $100 discount ($99 for students, $199 for ADC Members, and $299 for Non-Members). Registration includes access to all meal events, as well as all panels. A full program can be found here.

Also, thanks to a generous donor, student scholarships are available for undergraduate and graduate students who wish to attend the conference. You can learn more here. 

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