Muslim Lawyers at LegalMatch
If you have explored the LegalMatch website, you are most likely aware that LegalMatch maintains a comprehensive registry of lawyers, also called attorneys, in good standing with their respective state bar associations. LegalMatch lawyers have experience in a wide range of laws and legal issues, including:
- Criminal defense;
- Personal injury;
- Employment disputes;
- Real estate; and
- Other matters.
What you may not be aware of is that a great number of these lawyers are also practicing Muslims. At LegalMatch, we understand the importance for both clients and attorneys to share the same or similar beliefs and morals.
Because of these concerns, LegalMatch offers you the ability to specify that you only wish to be matched with experienced Muslim lawyers. This way, you can rest assured that as your case is being worked and argued, you will not have to worry that your legal counselor will be making arguments which are opposed to your own values.
There are several legal organizations in the United States whose missions are to further the cause of the Muslim faith. The National Association of Muslim Lawyers (NAML) is a legal organization which is dedicated to promoting the interests of Muslims in law.
This applies to both Muslims who are seeking legal representation as well as Muslims who are practitioners of law. The NAML has recently been involved in high-profile cases which include important areas of law including anti-terrorism and political conspiracy.
For various types of legal matters, you may be well-served served by hiring a local Muslim attorney using LegalMatch. All you have to do to get started is to fill out the intake form on the LegalMatch homepage.
You will just need to provide information regarding your case and indicate that you wish to be specifically matched with a Muslim lawyer. After you present your case on LegalMatch, you will be matched with Muslim attorneys in your area who have experience with the types of legal issues that you are facing.
Muslim lawyers who are interested in taking your case will then respond and provide information regarding their experience, basic legal philosophy, and fees they charge. Prior to making your final decision, you will be able to view each attorney’s profile, which includes past client reviews.
What is the Educational Background of a Typical LegalMatch Muslim Lawyer?
A large number of Muslim attorneys on LegalMatch were heavily involved in the Muslim community during their time in law school. A number were active in organizations such as the National Muslim Law Students Association.
These law school groups and associations provide law students with training and information regarding the various legal challenges which the Muslim community faces in America. Attorneys who were involved with these types of organizations often retain a strong sense of equality and justice in their current practice of law as well as a specific awareness of Muslim legal issues.
What legal issues do members of the Muslim community typically face?
One legal issue that Muslims commonly face is Muslim employment discrimination. According to the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution, American citizens cannot be discriminated against by their employer based on their religion. In addition, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits religious discrimination by private employers.
Many members of the Muslim community practice ritual prayer and wear specific articles of clothing as part of their faith. Employers are required to make reasonable accommodations for these practices.
An employer is not required to completely adopt an employee’s proposed solution or conform to every religious need of the employee, but they are required to make some effort to allow their employee to practice their faith while at work.
There are numerous different kinds of religious-based employment discrimination. An individual or group can make a claim for disparate treatment if there is adequate proof of facial discrimination.
For example, if an employer uses exclusionary language, such as “males only” in an employment posting, a claim of disparate treatment can be alleged. There must be a pattern of systemic discrimination which is proven in order for these types of claims to be successful.
A more common claim for an individual or group is for disparate impact or harassment. Title VII prohibits harassment with a hostile environment clause.
This means that even if an employer does not cause injury to a religious employee, it is still illegal if their actions detracts from their job performance, blocks promotions, or encourages the employee to leave the company. The harassment may be either direct or vicarious.
In other words, a supervisor cannot harass an employee either directly or through subordinates. A failure to adequately respond to a complaint may be considered negligence, leaving an employer liable for a discrimination claim.
Another issue members of the Muslim community may face is hate crime. These crimes, also known as bias-motivated crimes, are crimes which are motivated wholly or in part by a bias or a prejudice against a protected group of individuals.
For example, if an individual is targeted due to the fact that they are Muslim, the crime is considered a hate crime. The laws vary across the states regarding how different groups are protected. However, some of the most common groups involve race and religion.
Groups which are targeted for hate crimes include individuals who are grouped by:
- Sexual orientation;
- Gender identity; and
- Ethnicity or national origin.
In addition to a regular sentence for a crime conviction, such as assault, federal laws and most state laws also provide for penalty enhancements for hate crimes. A penalty enhancement increases the penalty for a certain crime.
For example, if an individual assaults another individual because they are Muslim and that assault is determined to be a hate crime, the penalty for that crime with be increased. The amount of punishment enhancement varies by state.
Should I Hire a LegalMatch Muslim attorney?
If you believe you are a victim of discrimination or a crime based on your religious beliefs, a LegalMatch attorney can help.
LegalMatch provides a free service to present you case to Muslim attorneys and find the one who is the best fit for you. Your LegalMatch Muslim attorney will be aware of your specific beliefs, needs, and sensitive to issues other non-Muslim attorneys may not be aware of.
Millions of people have already gotten assistance from attorneys on LegalMatch. Once you present your case, at no charge, lawyers will typically respond within 24 hours.
All you have to do is select the area of law which best describes your case, enter your location, and provide some details regarding your issue. The process only takes a few minutes.
LegalMatch attorneys will respond to your case presentation with offers which include their full profiles. These profiles include their fee structure, background, and ratings from other LegalMatch users. You have the ability to choose which Muslim lawyer is right for you.