Advocate Usama Malik
Usama Malik is an Advocate of the High Court and a human rights activist. He holds an LLB (Hons) from the University of London and an LLM in international development law & human rights from the University of Warwick. Mr.Malik has experience working with some of the most notable names in the legal profession and is currently working as a senior associate with Ms. Asma Jahangir. He has previously worked with Mr. Aitzaz Ahsan. In addition, Mr Malik is a published author and his research papers have been published in leading international/national law journals including the human rights review of the American Bar Association. He also writes on various international and legal issues in the "DAILY NATION". Furthermore, he has worked on land mark cases including the orange line metro train case to protect the cultural heritage of lahore and cases in the supreme court involving the jurisdiction and tenure of Military courts.He has also worked extensively on the preservation of Freedom of Expression in the country and has drafted amendments to laws which marginalize religious minorities in Pakistan in collaboration with the European Union.
Advocate Mohsin Sheikh
Mohsin Sheikh is a practicing criminal lawyer as well as human rights activist in Pakistan. He holds an LLM from Indiana University, USA. Apart from LLM and LLB he has done Masters in Criminology and Security Studies supplemented with several Post Graduation Diplomas covering criminal investigation, forensic evidence, international affairs and so on. He has expertise in Criminal Trial, Criminal Investigation, International Criminal Law, International Human Rights, Constitutional Law, Anti-Terrorism Act, Financial as well as Cyber-crimes. Mr. Sheikh has also worked on an Extradition Case between Russia and USA during his stay in United States. He provided legal assistance in research, drafting and litigating the case in Thailand.
Currently, Mr. Sheikh is working as an Associate with Abdullah Usman who handles the cases of Pakistan Air Force as well as multiple independent criminal, civil and cooperate cases. Mr. Sheikh has also worked as an intern in the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Pakistan. He has deeply observed the department of FIA and how it operates and litigate in throughout Pakistan.
With the exception of Litigation and legal research, Mr. Sheikh is visiting faculty member at various institutions where he teaches Pakistan Penal Code 1860, Code of Criminal Procedure 1898, Qanoon e Shahadat Order 1974, Constitutional Law, Counter Terrorism and Criminal Advocacy Skills. The objective of teaching is to give law scholars practical touch of litigation and prepare them from day one for their practice.
Barrister Waleed Ashraf
Barrister Mian Waleed Ashraf is a practising Advocate of the Lahore High Court who brings his dynamic and diverse legal experience to the AskLegal team. Waleed was admitted to Lincoln’s Inn, London, and thereafter pursued a Masters in Law from City University London.He is currently a partner at Lahore-based law firm, NWMS. He is also serving as a Director at the Human Rights Protection Centre.
He has also worked as an associate with HaiderMotaBNR, and Cornelius, Lane and Mufti. Waleed's area of expertise includes Constitutional and Civil law wherein he has provided research, drafting & advisory services to clients.
Waleed has lead multiple corporate organizations through legal queries in labor laws, taxation and company law. As a member of the legal advising team at HaiderMotaBNR, Waleed counseled many leading corporations including but not limited to DFID, Samsung, Servis Pakistan and Pakistan Petroleum Limited. He also took part in advising into the Baldia Town matter and worked with Packages on their land and property matters in their move from Lahore to Kasur.
Along with litigation, Waleed has extensive legal research skills on politico-legal matters. His most prominent works include drafting legal opinions on the Protection against Harassment of Women at the Workplace Act 2010 and Baldia Town opinion. He is also a member of the teaching faculty at the Blackstone School of Law, Lahore.
Advocate Ujala Akram
Ujala has extensive experience in leading higher education institutes in the United States. Having held the position of Assistant Dean at Santa Clara University she now serves as Dean of the Blackstone School of Law.
Ujala has previously served as Director of Santa Clara University, and headed an academic department with the United States Department of Defense (DoD).
She has served as a Senior Advisor to the Graduate Law Programs at Indiana University and also worked on a USAID grant-funded project through which the law school’s LL.M. Program was offered at Cairo University and Alexandria University in Egypt.
Her legal practice includes work at a prestigious law firm in Indianapolis, Faegre Baker Daniels LL.P., and on a project by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). She is a licensed High Court Attorney and has managed several high profile cases in Pakistan.
Ms. Akram’s specialized research and writings in the field of law and education focus on women's issues, minority rights, social justice, international protection of human rights, effective teaching methodologies; student learning styles. She's been teaching law to the University of London LL.B. students since 2013. Her research and service both are derived by her strong commitment to social justice and her belief in making quality education and quality legal service accessible to all social classes.
Advocate Hajira Bilal
Hajira Bilal performs her duties as a Legal Associate at the Law Clinic at Blackstone School of Law. She has been affiliated with the field of law since 2009 and now working as an Advocate of the High Court. Since the start of her practice, she has been primarily dealing with family matters. She has also been undertaking client counseling, drafting cases and presenting in a court of law in a wide array of legal areas. Furthermore, her previous work has given her experience of delivering excellent customer service within result-driven environments and communicating effectively with people at all levels. Her administration skills are excellent and she has the ability to work well both independently and as a part of a team. During her LL.M. in the UK, her main area of expertise was human rights. Ms. Hajira has specialized in research and report writings in the field of Human Rights and was a high achiever in her main dissertation in LL.M. In addition she also has a privilege of working with the prestigious LMD Lawfirm UK (Solicitors and Commissioners for Oaths) who has been awarded as a best business law firm in North East England. She worked in LMD Law firm as a researcher and blogger and got her expertise in drafting cases. She also assists the LL.M students at Blackstone School of Law with regard to their dissertation research and writing.