Professor Asifa Quraishi-Landes has won the Marygold Melli Achievement Award, given annually by the Wisconsin-based Legal Association for Women. The award recognizes extraordinary achievement in the legal profession, including contributions toward eliminating bias in the legal system and advancing women’s opportunities in the field.
Quraishi-Landes has taught constitutional law at UW Law School since 2004. She specializes in comparative Islamic and United States constitutional law, with a focus on modern Islamic constitutional theory. She speaks and writes extensively on Islamic feminism, western advocacy for Muslim women, and human rights for Muslim women.
Quraishi-Landes co-founded the National Association of Muslim Lawyers and serves on the governing board of the Association of American Law School’s Section on Islamic Law. She has held several senior leadership roles with Karamah: Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights, a nonprofit organization committed to promoting human rights globally, especially gender equity, religious freedom and civil rights in the U.S.
The Melli Achievement Award is named for Professor Emerita Marygold Shire Melli, the first woman to earn tenure at UW Law School.
A number of faculty and alumni have received the award, including Prof. Gretchen Viney ’78, Prof. Marsha Mansfield ’84, Prof. Carin Clauss, Prof. Louise Trubek, Prof. June Weisberger, Mary Beth Keppel ’75, Kristine Euclide ’76, Hon. Margaret Vergeront ’75, Judy Schwaemle ’83, Hon. Ann Walsh Bradley ’76, Betsy Abramson ’81, Hon. Angela Bartell ’71, Hon. Burneatta Bridge ’82, Eunice Gibson ’73, Pamela Barker ’79, Susan Steingass ’76, Dianne Greenley ’74, Hon. Barbara Crabb ’63, Hon. Shirley Abrahamson S.J.D. ’62, and Mary Lou Munts ’76.
Submitted by Law School News on August 9, 2016