MLFA Awards Grant to Clinical Program at UC Hastings Law

DALLAS — June 18, 2014 — Muslim Legal Fund of America is awarding a grant of $410,000 to the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, in support of the Liberty, Security & Technology Clinic, which will provide legal services for indigent defendants in federal national security and cybersecurity prosecutions.

Through the LSTC, UC Hastings students will work with appointed trial counsel, under faculty supervision, to litigate issues related to due process, privacy, speech, and other constitutional rights.

“At the core of MLFA’s mission is equality, justice, and the right to a fair trial,” said Khalil Meek, executive director of MLFA. “This new, program will grow the legal community’s capacity to safeguard constitutional rights in American courtrooms.”

The LSTC will provide advanced instruction for law students and expertise to criminal defense attorneys representing clients in security and technology cases. Such cases often involve encroachments on civil liberties and require effective responses to safeguard those rights.

“If these cases are not thoroughly and vigorously litigated, then the liberty interests of many or all of us could be sacrificed,” said Professor Ahmed Ghappour, instructor of the LSTC.

“UC Hastings is delighted to receive MLFA’s grant, and looks forward to a long-lasting relationship with the Fund,” said UC Hastings Chancellor & Dean Frank H. Wu.

University of California Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco is redefining legal education through an experiential, interdisciplinary, and international approach to the law. Hastings integrates rigorous academics with hands-on practice, preparing graduates to tackle the legal challenges—and leverage the opportunities—of the 21st century.

Muslim Legal Fund of America is a national charity that funds legal work and programs to defend Muslims against injustice in American courtrooms, prisons, and communities. Established in 2001, MLFA has defended freedom of speech, association, religion, the right to a fair trial, and other constitutional rights.