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Dima Khalidi, Director

Dima Khalidi is the founder and director of Palestine Legal and Cooperating Counsel with the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR). She oversees Palestine Legal’s array of legal and advocacy work to protect people speaking out for Palestinian rights from attacks on their civil and constitutional rights.

Prior to founding Palestine Legal in 2012, Dima worked with CCR as a cooperating attorney on the Mamilla Cemetery Campaign, submitting a Petition to United Nations officials to stop the desecration of an ancient Muslim cemetery in Jerusalem, and advocating on behalf of Palestinian descendants of individuals interred in the cemetery.  As a volunteer and Ella Baker intern at CCR, she also worked on numerous cases that sought to hold Israeli officials and corporations accountable for Israeli violations of international law, as well as on CCR’s Guantanamo Bay docket.  As a law student, she interned with the People’s Law Office in Chicago, assisting in the acquittal of Palestinian-American Muhammad Salah on major federal criminal charges.

Dima has a JD from DePaul University College of Law, an MA in International and Comparative Legal Studies from the University of London – SOAS, and a BA in History and Near Eastern Studies from the University of Michigan.  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.

Dima has advocated on Palestinian rights issues in media forums such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Hill, Democracy Now!, The Nation, Al Jazeera, Huffington Post, The Birmingham News, In These Times, Jacobin, NPR, Law and Disorder Radio, and KPFK's Middle East in Focus, among others. 

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

 

Liz Jackson, Senior 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, Senior Staff Attorney

Radhika Sainath is a senior staff attorney at Palestine Legal, where she oversees the organization’s casework on free speech, censorship and academic freedom. Together with the Center for Constitutional Rights, she brought a landmark lawsuit against Fordham University after it refused to grant club status to Students for Justice in Palestine.

Prior to joining Palestine Legal, Radhika represented clients in individual and class action civil and constitutional rights cases involving discrimination, human rights abuses, and prison conditions at one of California’s most prestigious civil rights firms. Radhika has successfully litigated numerous state and federal class actions and other federal civil rights cases.

Radhika is a frequent commentator on media outlets including MSNBC, Democracy Now!, Al Jazeera English, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, theWashington Post, Jezebel, Politico, the Village Voice and more. Her writing has appeared in The Nation, Jacobin and Literary Hub. Radhika is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law and the University of California, San Diego. Prior to attending law school, Radhika organized workers across the U.S. and Canada with the Union of Needletrades, Industrial, and Textile Employees (now UNITE-HERE).

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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Zoha Khalili, Staff Attorney

Zoha Khalili joined Palestine Legal as a staff attorney in 2017. She provides legal advice and advocacy support to Palestine rights activists, students and professors on the West Coast on issues ranging from free speech violations, discrimination, threats, surveillance and disciplinary charges.

Zoha's legal career has been devoted to defending the rights of marginalized communities. Before joining Palestine Legal, Zoha fought against housing discrimination and advocated on behalf of people with disabilities as a staff attorney at Project Sentinel. Prior to this, she represented immigrants in naturalization and deportation proceedings as an immigrant rights fellow at Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus. Zoha has also volunteered with the Los Angeles chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, assisting with a variety of civil rights and immigration cases. 

Zoha is a graduate of Columbia Law School, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and a managing editor of the Columbia Law Review. During law school, Zoha focused on domestic and international human rights, as a student in her school's Human Rights Clinic and as an intern at the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, the Open Society Justice Initiative's Equality and Citizenship program, and the ACLU's Center for Democracy. Zoha holds a BS in Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley.

Based in Palestine Legal's Bay Area office, Zoha is admitted to practice law in California. 

 

Angela Campion, Development and Operations Manager

Angela Campion is the manager of development and operations at Palestine Legal. Her focus is managing and executing the organization's development work while providing administrative 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 joined 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.  

 
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Sage Espindola, Administrative Assistant

Sage Espindola joined Palestine Legal in August of 2018 as the Administrative Assistant. In this position, she provides critical administrative support to the organization’s legal and other staff.

Sage graduated from Loyola University New Orleans with a BA in History and a minor in Women and Gender Studies, and was an event coordinator for the university’s Middle Eastern Studies Program. After graduation, Sage continued her work in human rights advocacy with Amnesty International USA in New York before joining Palestine Legal in Chicago. 

She is a passionate advocate for the protection of human rights and free speech, in the U.S. and abroad, and assists the legal team in protecting those who speak out for Palestinian freedom.

Sage is based in Palestine Legal’s Chicago office.

 
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Osama Alkhawaja, Legal Intern

Osama Alkhawaja is a legal intern at Palestine Legal and is currently a law student at the University of Chicago where he is the president of the law school's ACLU chapter, a co-president of the Muslim Law Students Association, and a board member of the National Lawyers Guild. Osama also works in the Federal Criminal Justice Clinic and is a staffer on the Chicago Journal of International Law – he has experience in both federal and state criminal defense. 

Osama graduated from San Diego State University with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Computer Science, and as the president of his SJP chapter, he helped organize two consecutive National SJP conferences in 2015 and 2016. Prior to law school, Osama worked at the International Rescue Committee in San Diego helping Syrian and Iraqi refugees settle into their new homes. 

You can find Osama writing and tweeting about civil liberties, criminal justice reform, and the occasional Calvin and Hobbs comic strip @OsamaAlkhawaja_.

 

Zainab Ramahi, Legal Intern

Zainab Ramahi’s Palestinian and Kashmiri heritage has intensified her passion for issues relating to access to justice. In her final year of law school at UC Berkeley, she is actively engaged in a wide range of extra-curricular activities and previously served as the equity and inclusion chair for the Coalition for Diversity and co-Editor in Chief of the Berkeley Journal of Middle Eastern and Islamic Law. After graduating, Zainab will be joining the chambers of district court Judge Richard Andrews in Delaware.