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Election - Candidates for MBAH Board

The candidates for the MBAH Board are listed as follows. Thank you for dedicating your time to help lead this organization.

No position was contested and as a result each of the candidates listed will automatically begin their terms at the end of the annual meeting.

The Past-President position is automatically given to the previous president to assist with transitioning of the organization. The law student representative position is vacant and will be filled by appointment by the new board.

President: Eman Arabi-Katbi
Past-President: Abdul Farukhi
Vice President: Arsalan Safiullah
Secretary: Murtaza Sutarwalla
Treasurer: Zeshaan Samani
CLE: Rehan Alimohammad
Pro Bono/Community Service: Aamir Siddik
External Liaison: Omar Khawaja
Communications: Adnan Ahmad
Law Student Rep: VACANT

About the Candidates for the 2018-2019 MBAH Board:

"My name is Eman Katbi, and I am running for the President position.  This past year, I had the honor to serve as the first Treasurer for MBAH.
I am running for President of MBAH. I'd like to continue to invigorate the organization through attracting young attorneys to participate in MBAH activities. I'd also like to increase the types of activities we do, including networking with other bar associations, and participating in more volunteer events. I believe we have a great opportunity to help the Muslim attorneys in our community achieve their goals of inclusion, networking, and giving back.
We had a great 2017, and iA I hope for an even better 2018. "


"My name is Abdul Farukhi and I'm one of the founding board members of MBAH and have served as its president since 2016. I believe the Houston legal community needed an organization to connect Muslim legal professionals to address contemporary issues that arise within and outside our community. There has always been and continues to be a strong need for pro bono services and I hope MBAH continues to work and promote these events. I also hope to see MBAH develop educational CLE and mentorship opportunities between experienced and young lawyers and law students."

Vice President:
Arsalan Safiullah -

"My name is Murtaza Sutarwalla, and I am running for the Secretary position.  This past year, I had the honor to serve as the first Secretary and to set up the non-profit corporation.
I am running for re-election to continue building a strong foundation for our young organization to thrive in the years to come, insha Allah. 
I also think MBAH is a great opportunity to network & also to mentor law students and young lawyers in Houston -- and something that I will work hard to promote with the incoming board.  Finally, I would like to work on bringing more high-profile speakers like Khizr Khan to broadcast the message that Muslim American lawyers are a force to be reckoned with for the greater good."


" My name is Zeshaan Samani and I am running for the Treasurer position. I am currently serving the on the board in an "at large" position in order to gain familiarity with the Muslim Bar Association of Houston and understand how I can be part of a group which brings attorneys of many backgrounds together under a common faith. I believe my background and experience in business, accounting and tax law will help serve the group's interest in fulfilling the treasurer's role. To provide some background, I have a bachelor's degree in business administration from Georgia State University and an LL.M in tax from the University of Florida. In addition, I am currently an M&A tax manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP, one of the top accounting firms in the world. I believe my education and work experience will help me in serving as a treasurer, which will include overseeing the financial administration of the organization, reviewing procedures and financial reporting, advising the board on financial strategy, and advising on fundraising.  I look forward to continue being an active member in the Muslim Bar Association of Houston in any capacity and the year ahead. Thank you for your consideration."


Rehan Alimohammad is a Partner in the national firm of Wong Fleming in the Sugar Land, Texas office in charge of Immigration Law, and Tax Law. He is a CPA since 1999 and Attorney since 2001 and was listed as one of the Top Attorneys in Houston, Texas by Houstonia Magazine from 2013-2015, has a 10.0 Superb rating on AVVO, and an AV rating on Martindale Hubbell. He also was named one of the Five Outstanding Young Texans by the Texas Junior Chamber of Commerce in 2011 for outstanding legal pro bono service. He is currently Chair of the Board for the State Bar of Texas (1st Asian to hold this position), Minority Director of the State Bar of Texas, and member of the Executive Committee for the State Bar of Texas; Legal Counsel, Board Member, member of the Diversity Action Team for the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce; Board member for the Katy Bar Association and the Houston Bar Association; on the Leadership Task Force for the Katy Economic Development Council; Co-chair for Houston Bar Association’s Minority Opportunities in the Legal Profession committee; and on the Steering Committee for the Texas Minority Counsel Program.

I have given over 300 seminars on legal topics throughout the country and have written over 300 legal articles.  I have presented at as well as planned many legal conferences (including the Texas Minority Attorney program-past 3 years, the Texas Minority Counsel Program-past 3 years, The Texas Bar College Summer School Program) and have heard many other speakers and have many contacts of possible speakers.  I would love to be the CLE coordinator and appreciate your support. Thanks.

Community Service:

"My name is Aamir Siddik and I’m running for the Community Service Board Member spot.  I graduated law school in 2015 and do Plaintiff’s work.  Community Service is a huge opportunity for MBAH to increase its visible presence within the Houston community, and for its attorneys to use their time and skills to help others.  I want to create events where our attorneys are not only involved at the masjid and with Muslim-oriented nonprofits, but also with helping underserved areas of Houston (not to mention this is great passive dawah).  I spent a lot of time organizing community service events in undergrad when I was an MSA officer, and I see this as a great opportunity to have an even bigger impact."

External Liaison:

Omar Khawaja - "I have been a member of MBAH since it's inception and I have a number of friends and contacts in various external organizations such as NAML, CAIR, Catholic Charities, HBA, and others.  I believe my contacts with these organizations will help facilitate greater exposure for MBAH and benefit the organization as well as membership."

Adnan Ahmad -


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