Nimra Azmi is a staff attorney at Muslim Advocates. In this capacity, she uses litigation and other tools of legal advocacy to protect American Muslim individuals and communities from discrimination and bigotry.
Prior to joining Muslim Advocates, Ms. Azmi was a litigation associate at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP in New York where her practice ranged from corporate and commercial disputes to intellectual property and antitrust litigation. She was also involved with a number of pro bono matters, including successfully representing clients seeking political asylum and working on a criminal appeal in New York state court. In recognition of her pro bono efforts, she was awarded a Cadwalader Pro Bono Achievement Award.
During law school, Ms. Azmi served as a research assistant to Professor Catharine MacKinnon and Professor Alex Whiting, writing memoranda on issues related to the rights and treatment of Muslim women under Islamic law and the adjudication of Serbian war crimes before the International Criminal Tribunal of Yugoslavia. She participated in Harvard’s Immigration and Refugee Clinic and was a contributing student editor to Harvard Law’s SHARIAsource blog. Ms. Azmi also served as an executive editor of the Harvard International Law Journal. Her writing on the cultural and legal implications of anti-Muslim bigotry has been published in The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Colorlines, and JURIST.
Ms. Azmi received her J.D. from Harvard Law School and her B.A. in History cum laude from Barnard College of Columbia University. She is admitted to practice before the New York State Bar and the District of Columbia.