Sameer Ahmed
Attorney and Skadden Fellow, Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund

Sameer Ahmed is a Skadden Fellow and Attorney at the Asian American
Legal Defense and Education Fund. At AALDEF, Sameer provides
direct representation, community education, and policy advocacy
for low-income South Asian, Arab, and Muslim residents of New York
City affected by government abuses of post-9/11 national security
measures. He is a recent graduate of Yale Law School, where he worked
to promote civil rights and immigrants’ rights as a member of both the
Balancing Civil Liberties & National Security Post 9/11 Clinic and the
Workers and Immigrants’ Rights Clinic. In 2009, Sameer and his clinic
team received the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee’s Pro
Bono Attorney of the Year Award for their work uncovering Operation
Frontline, a secret national security program targeting Muslim
immigrants around the 2004 presidential election. As a Marshall
Scholar, Sameer holds master’s degrees from Oxford University in Legal
Research and the School of Oriental and African Studies in Middle East
Politics. He received his bachelor's degree from Stanford University.