Please feel free to provide a short bio about yourself or the work of your organization (no more than 3 paragraphs)
10 years experience negotiating commercial contracts to protect international and national business goals of publicly-held companies, privately-held companies and non-profit organizations
American Red Cross, National Headquarters Washington DC
Legal Consultant, Office of the General Counsel, March 2010 to November 2010.
• Exercised a high level of proficiency in advocacy and oral and written legal presentations with a keen ability to effectively communicate legal concepts to non-lawyers.
• Approved blood supply products and services contracts serving 36 regions collecting, processing and distributing lifesaving blood and blood products for largest supplier of blood and blood products in the nation.
• Advised clients regarding legal implications of compliance-related requests from hospitals subject to HIPPA, AABB Standards, and Joint Commission accreditation to ensure American Red Cross legal and business compliance.
• Negotiated Veteran’s Administration and military contracts and provide legal interpretation of FAR requirements.
University of the District of Columbia, David A. Clarke School of Law, Washington DC, J.D., December 2009
George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia
M.A., International Commerce and Policy, May 1998
University of Maryland, University College, College Park, Maryland
B.A., Paralegal Studies, May 1995
Cum Laude; 3.9 GPA.
UDC-DCSL Government Accountability Project Clinic, Washington DC, 2009
Recommended courses of action for clients seeking protection under applicable Whistleblower laws and corporate and governmental Whistleblower policies. Researched sovereign immunity issues and prepared legal summaries, including recommended course of action for clients; cataloged documents received from FOIA requests and prepared subsequent requests for information.
DC-DCSL Community Development Clinic, Washington DC, 2008
Advised clients regarding the legal structure of non-profit and for profit entities and assisted them in determining the best legal entity to fit their business needs; researched complex legal issues and prepared advice memoranda to clients regarding intellectual property law and contract law; prepared non-profit and for profit organizational documents, drafted business vendor contracts; advised clients on basic tax law, zoning, licensing requirements, intellectual property and other legal issues; performed due diligence for trade name registrations and prepared trademark applications.
INTERNATIONAL LAW, HUMAN RIGHTS AND CONFLICT RESOLUTION EXPERIENCE
Soliya Facilitator Training, October 2010 – November 2010
Training to facilitate dialogue between students from diverse backgrounds across the globe to bridge the gap between university students in the Middle East, North Africa, Europe and the United States.
The National Peace Academy's Peace Building Peace Learning Intensive, August 2010
Completed courses in the development of knowledge, skills and capacities of peace building, conflict resolution and restorative justice.
American University, Washington College of Law, Academy of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, Washington DC; Specialized Human Rights Program, May 2009
Completed courses in the United Nations’ human rights system and International Humanitarian Law.
Bar-Ilan University, Pepperdine University School of Law & Whittier Law School, June 2009 – August 2009
Completed courses in comparative religious based legal systems and restorative justice.
Seton Hall University, May 2008 – August 2008
Completed courses in international human rights law, international criminal law and Shari’a law.
Please list the countries and/or regions in which you (or your organization) have direct and significant expertise
Africa, Asia, & Middle East
What is your current country of residence (or location of your organization)?
What is your current job (and organization) and/or where and what field are you studying?
How many years professional experience do you have ?
Which are your primary sectoral areas of expertise (or the primary sectoral areas of your organization) ?
Alternative Dispute Resolution, Business, Conflict Mainstreaming, Conflict Resolution, Culture, Development, Dialogue, Diplomacy, Economics, Facilitation, Gender, Human Rights, Interfaith, Internally Displaced, Humanitarian Relief, Land Issues, Media, Nonviolence, Organizational Development, Peacebuilding, Peacekeeping, Refugees, Rule of Law
Which are your primary skills areas(or the primary skill areas of your organization)?
What are some of your current areas of research (if any)?
Shari'a, specifically Talaq in the United States courts.
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Global Business Network for Peace and Prosperity
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