Farhana Khera leaves her position as Counsel to the United States Senate Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Property Rights to join the NAML and Muslim Advocates as our Executive Director. In the Senate, she worked for six years directly for Senator Russell D. Feingold (D-WI), the ranking member of the Constitution Subcommittee. Ms. Khera focused substantially on the USA PATRIOT Act, racial and religious profiling, and other civil liberties issues raised by the government’s anti-terrorism policies since September 11th. She was the Senator’s lead staff member in organizing subcommittee hearings on racial profiling, the treatment of individuals rounded up and detained after the September 11th attacks, and legal reform in Iraq.
Prior to her service with the Senate Judiciary Committee, Ms. Khera was an associate with Washington, D.C. law firms. She worked with Hogan & Hartson, specializing in commercial and administrative litigation. She also worked with Ross, Dixon & Masback, serving as the lead associate on several pro bono employment discrimination cases, which resulted in the firm being honored with the Outstanding Achievement Award by the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs.
Ms. Khera received her B.A. with honors in political science and economics from Wellesley College. At Wellesley, she served as president of the student body and co-founded the first Muslim students organization, al-Muslimat (“The Muslim Women”). Ms. Khera received her J.D. from Cornell Law School, where she was a finalist in the law school’s annual Cuccia Cup Moot Court Competition and was an editor with the Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy.