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Raheemah Abdulaleem, Esq.


Ms. Raheemah Abdulaleem, Esq. is currently the Chair of KARAMAH: Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights. Prior to assuming the role of Chair, Ms. Abdulaleem served as President of KARAMAH.

Ms. Abdulaleem is Associate General Counsel in the Executive Office of the President, Office of Administration. In this role, Ms. Abdulaleem provides expert legal advice to the Executive Office of the President on compliance with equal employment opportunity law, fiscal and appropriation law, personnel security and litigation. Previously, Ms. Abdulaleem worked as a Senior Trial Attorney in the United States Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Employment Litigation Section. While at DOJ, Ms. Abdulaleem represented the federal government in prosecuting entities for violating civil rights laws. Ms. Abdulaleem served as Co-Chair of the Civil Rights Division’s Post 9/11 Backlash Subcommittee and served two terms as Vice-Chair of the Department of Justice Association of Black Attorneys (DOJABA). Before entering government service, Ms. Abdulaleem worked at King & Spalding LLP in Atlanta, Georgia and Ballard Spahr LLP in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Ms. Abdulaleem earned her Juris Doctorate from Harvard Law School and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University. While at Harvard Law School, Ms. Abdulaleem was a student attorney at the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau and she served as an editor on the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review.

In addition to being an experienced litigator, Ms. Abdulaleem is also a role model and spokesperson for tolerance, diversity and commitment to her community. As one of the most senior African American Muslim women attorneys working in the federal government, Ms. Abdulaleem was selected to serve on a panel discussion at the White House for Muslim Women Emerging Leaders. Ms. Abdulaleem is routinely asked to speak to new lawyers and law students about her experiences in the public and private sector, the challenges she has faced as a racial and religious minority and the tools she has used to overcome those challenges.

Ms. Abdulaleem is also committed to ensuring that high school students are provided with assistance in the college application process. In furtherance of that goal, Ms. Abdulaleem volunteers at an annual program called Y-APPLY that provides day-long workshops for local high school students and their parents on the college application and interview process.

Ms. Abdulaleem lives with her husband Talib Karim, also a lawyer, and two children in Hyattsville, MD, a Washington, D.C. suburb.