Dima Khalidi, Director

Dima Khalidi is the founder and Director of Palestine Legal and Cooperating Counsel with the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR). Her work includes providing legal advice to activists, engaging in advocacy to protect their rights to speak out for Palestinian rights, and educating activists and the public about the repression of Palestine advocates.

Dima has a JD from DePaul University College of Law with a concentration in International Law, an MA in Comparative Legal Studies from the University of London – School of Oriental and African Studies, and a BA in History and Near Eastern Studies from the University of Michigan.  Prior to founding Palestine Legal, Dima worked with CCR as a cooperating attorney on the Mamilla Cemetery Campaign, drafting a Petition to United Nations officials to act against the desecration of an ancient Muslim cemetery in Jerusalem.  As a volunteer and an intern at CCR, she also worked on numerous cases that sought to hold Israeli officials and corporations accountable for Israeli violations of international law, including Belhas v. Ya’alon, Matar et al. v. Dichter and Corrie v. Caterpillar, as well as on CCR’s Guantanamo Bay docket.  As a law student, she interned with the People’s Law Office in Chicago, helping to secure the acquittal of a Palestinian-American on major federal criminal charges.

Prior to studying law, Dima worked at Birzeit University, heading a research project on the role of informal justice mechanisms in the Palestinian legal system. She has advocated on Palestinian rights issues in media forums such as the New York Times, the Jewish Press, The Hill, The Real News Network, Mondoweiss, Huffington Post, Law and Disorder Radio, and Radio Tahrir. She is fluent in Arabic and French.

Dima is based in Palestine Legal’s Chicago office, and is admitted to practice law in Illinois.

 

Liz Jackson, Staff Attorney

Liz Jackson is a founding Staff Attorney for Palestine Legal and Cooperating Counsel with the Center for Constitutional Rights. Her work includes representing students, professors and activists on free speech and academic freedom issues, documenting the chilling effect of repression campaigns, and educating activists on their rights.

Liz advised the successful divestment campaign at UC Berkeley, and helped students respond to Title VI complaints, which were dismissed, rejecting the theory that Palestine activism creates a hostile environment for Jewish students. She has defended the right to advocate for Palestine on campuses from New Mexico to Southern Florida, Boston, New Jersey, and California.

She has organized for Palestinian human rights as a member of Students for Justice in Palestine, as a Jewish solidarity activist, and as a former Co-Chair of the National Lawyers Guild Free Palestine Subcommittee.  Liz is a graduate of the University of California Berkeley School of Law and Brown University where she concentrated in American Studies. Before joining Palestine Legal, she worked as an associate at the San Francisco labor firm Davis, Cowell and Bowe, LLP, arbitrating workplace grievances. Prior to law school, Liz organized in low-income communities in Massachusetts for economic justice and immigrant rights for 7 years. Liz has advocated for First Amendment rights to speak about Palestine in the San Francisco Chronicle, the Boston Globe, the Chronicle of Higher Education, the Electronic Intifada podcast, the Real News Network, Al Jazeera, and more. Liz is fluent in Spanish.

Liz is based in Palestine Legal’s Bay Area office, and is admitted to practice law in California.

 

Radhika Sainath, Staff Attorney

Radhika Sainath is a Staff Attorney at Palestine Legal (and Cooperating Counsel with the Center for Constitutional Rights), where she provides legal advice and advocacy support to Palestine rights activists, students and professors on issues ranging from free speech, discrimination, threats, surveillance and disciplinary charges.

Prior to joining Palestine Legal, Radhika was a civil rights litigator in Los Angeles, where she represented clients in individual and class action civil and constitutional rights cases involving discrimination, human rights abuses, torture, prison conditions and unlawful search and seizure. Radhika has successfully litigated numerous state and federal class actions and other federal civil rights cases.

Radhika has been a Palestine solidarity activist for over a decade. She lived in the West Bank from 2002-2003, where she coordinated advocacy with the International Solidarity Movement. In February 2009, she helped organize a National Lawyers Guild fact-finding delegation to the Gaza Strip, co-authoring a report on the group’s findings. She is a contributor and co-editor of Peace Under Fire: Israel/Palestine and the International Solidarity Movement (Verso 2004), has published in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Huffington Post, Haaretz, Mondoweiss and Electronic Intifada, and has appeared appeared on or in Al Jazeera English, Democracy Now!, Los Angeles Times,  MSNBC, New York Times, UK Telegraph, Philadelphia Daily News, Univision and other outlets discussing crackdown of democracy protests in Bahrain, workers’ rights and Israel/Palestine. Radhika is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law and the University of California, San Diego.

She is based in Palestine Legal’s New York City office and is admitted to the California and New York state bars.

 
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Rahul Saksena, Staff Attorney

Rahul is a Staff Attorney with Palestine Legal. His work focuses on legislative issues, advocacy for activists whose rights are under attack, and building Palestine Legal's network of legal and other advocates. 

Prior to joining Palestine Legal, Rahul was the Legislative Director for a member of the New York City Council, where he focused on police accountability, tenants’ rights, and workers’ rights. As Policy Director for the Restaurant Opportunities Center of New York (ROC-NY), Rahul organized New York City restaurant workers and coordinated policy campaigns to win paid sick days laws and to raise the minimum wage for New York’s tipped workers. He also served as Legislative Counsel for the New York Civil Liberties Union, where he worked to strengthen New York's speech, privacy, and equal protection laws. Rahul also had the privilege of combining his commitment to economic justice and LGBTQ rights by serving on the Board of Directors of Queers for Economic Justice.

Rahul holds a JD from the Washington College of Law at American University, and BA’s in Political Science and History from the University of Michigan. During law school, he interned for the Center for Constitutional Rights, where he conducted legal research on cases involving violations of international law by Israeli officials and corporations, as well as cases filed on behalf of Guantanamo Bay detainees.

Rahul is based in Palestine Legal's Chicago office and is admitted to the New York state bar.

 

Angela Campion, Office Manager

Angela Campion is the Office Manager at Palestine Legal. She focuses on managing the organization's operations and providing administrative, development, communications, and technical support to the Palestine Legal team.

Angela has over seven years’ experience in project management, fundraising, and non-profit development.  Prior to her non-profit work, she spent time in Lebanon studying Arabic at the American University in Beirut.  She graduated from DePaul University with a BA in Women and Gender Studies and a minor in Political Science, and was an organizer with Students for Justice in Palestine.

Angela also has experience developing websites for local artists and grassroots organizations. As an Arab-American activist, Angela advocates for justice throughout the Middle East, and for the right to speak out in support of Palestine in the West. Angela is based in Palestine Legal's Chicago office.

 

Dylan Fahoome, Communications Associate

Dylan Fahoome joins Palestine Legal in July 2016 as Communications Associate. In this position he spearheads Palestine Legal’s media engagement and communications work.

Dylan studied playwriting and journalism at The Theatre School at DePaul University, and graduated with honors. He has six years of experience as a student journalist and was the editor in chief of the Grappler, a weekly Chicago theatre publication. Dylan is interested in shifting, reframing and retelling the mainstream narrative about Palestine, and uses accessible media to do so.

As a Palestinian-American activist, Dylan uses his theatre background to facilitate discussions about Palestine, race and identity. He writes and performs and can be found on Twitter @dmfahoome

Dylan is based in Palestine Legal's Chicago office.