School: New York University School of Law
Sponsor: Safari-Heidari-Bateni Foundation
Abid Hossain is currently a first-year law student at New York University School of Law. He graduated summa cum laude from Binghamton University in 2010 with a B.A. in Economics and in Philosophy, Politics and Law. During his undergraduate career, he was actively involved in the leadership of his university’s Muslim Student Association (MSA) and served as a Student Assembly representative. During the summers of 2009 and 2010, Abid interned at the New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), striving to defend the rights of the Muslim-American community and to promote an accurate representation of Islam. He hopes to use his law degree to continue to empower and defend Muslim-Americans, be it through pro bono services or working for a civil rights organization such as CAIR. After substantial work in the non-profit sector, he also hopes to one day enter the realm of politics and give a stronger voice to his community.
Abid’s Message to Supporters:
Alhamdulilah, I am delighted and honored to have been selected by the ISF along with such an impressive group of my fellow Muslim students. Thank you. Perhaps now more than ever, America is in need of talented Muslim professionals in various academic fields who can show their fellow citizens what Islam is really about. I applaud the ISF’s dedication to fulfilling that need, and I look forward to seeing this organization flourish in the future, insh’Allah.
Abid M. Hossain serves as an Assistant General Counsel to the New York City Council. In this role, he provides training and legal guidance to New York City Council Members and their staff regarding employment-related matters, among other things.
Prior to joining the New York City Council’s Office of the General Counsel in 2015, Abid served as an Excelsior Service Fellow at the New York State Division of Human Rights, where he worked on employment discrimination cases pertaining to the New York State Human Rights Law.