Professor Hany Mawla, adjunct professor at Rutgers University in the Department of Political Science and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, was nominated by former NJ Governor Corzine and recently confirmed by the NJ State Senate to the Family Division of Superior Court in Somerset County.  As a result, he has become the first Muslim judge in New Jersey.

Previously, Mawla was a partner at Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith and Davis in Woodbridge, NJ specializing in family law matters.  He is fluent in Arabic, chairman and commissioner of the New Jersey Arab-American Heritage Commission and commissioner of the New Jersey Commission on Civil Rights.  He also serves on the New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Minority Concerns and on the Seton Hall University School of Law Dean’s Diversity Council.

During the Spring of 2009, Judge Mawla spoke on the Comparative Islamic Law panel as part of a week of “Dialogues on Defining Islam” at Albany Law School organized by Mohammad Ali Naquvi ’10, member of the Muslim Law Students Association (MLSA).  Mawla’s topic was “The Enhancement of Modern Islamic Jurisprudence Through Better Training of Jurists”.  President and Dean Thomas Guernsey began the night’s events with opening remarks on the need for greater understanding of this area of law.  The week included speakers on Islam & Democracy, Islam & Women’s Rights and finished off with a keynote address by Rushdi Siddiqui ’91, Global Head of Islamic Finance for Thomson Reuters, on Islamic Finance.  Siddiqui’s talk has been highlighted in the most recent Albany Law Alumni Magazine.