Faculty

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Ujala Akram, LL.M.

Founding Dean

Education:

S.J.D. (Cand.), Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law

LL.M., Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law

LL.B., University of London

B.A. Journalism, University of the Punjab

Courses:

Contract Law, Trust & Estates, Land Law

Bio:

Ujala Akram brings in extensive experience in heading academic and administrative units in several higher education settings in the USA. She has, most recently, held the role of Assistant Dean of Enrollment Management at Santa Clara University’s School of Education and Counseling Psychology where she provided visionary strategic leadership and operational management to the entire enrollment management process of the School. The Graduate School of Santa Clara University has an enrollment of approximately 800 students and is located in the heart of the diverse and innovative Silicon Valley in California. Previously, she served as the Director of Admissions and Financial Aid at Santa Clara University.  In this position, she ensured consistent enrollment of high-quality students through increased awareness of the academic programs. She also taught at and headed an academic department with the United States Department of Defense (DoD).  Prior to this, Ms. Akram served as a Senior Advisor to the Graduate Law Programs at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law—Indianapolis (IU McKinney School of Law). During her years with IU McKinney School of Law, she 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. She also worked at a prestigious law firm in Indianapolis, Faegre Baker Daniels LL.P., on an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) project.

During her years in Lahore, she conducted extensive research and published reports on human rights issues while working with AGHS Legal Aid Cell under the supervision of Ms. Asma Jahangir.  She also worked on Civil and Criminal matters at Aitzaz Ahsan Associates in Lahore.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, and the effect of error correction on the learner’s oral proficiency.  She also taught live online law classes to LL.B. students enrolled with the University of London in 2013 and 2014. Her hundreds of law lectures are publicly available on YouTube as an open source for students.  Her research and service both are derived by her strong commitment to social justice and her belief in making the quality education accessible to all social classes.

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atika razA, LL.M.

Faculty

Education:

LL.M., Washington University in Saint Louis

LL.B., Quid-e-Azam Law College

B.A., University of the Punjab

Courses:

Criminal Law, Civil Procedure, International Law.

Bio:

Ms. Raza has over a decade worth of experience as an expert educator and a legal professional. Her most recent works involved teaching with the U.S. federal government as an Assistant Professor. Previously, she served as an Associate Attorney with Honorable Umar Atta Bandial now Justice Punjab High Court, Lahore. Immediately before that, she worked as an Associate Attorney with Ch. Annayat Ullah, Advocate Supreme Court of Pakistan. Her work with him specialized in Transactional and Property Law. 

After obtaining her LL.B. degree from Pakistan, Ms. Raza moved to USA to continue with her legal studies and obtained an LL.M. degree with a concentration in Alternate Dispute Resolution from Washington University School of Law in Saint Louis, Missouri, in 2008. Later, she worked at Michael T. George P.C., a Saint Louis-based law firm that specializes in personal injury law. Her post graduate work heavily focused on Mediation and Arbitration. In her projects, she stayed connected with United States Mediation and Arbitration Services in Missouri, and continued to serve as a mediator for Better Business Bureau of the United States. Ms. Raza also served as a Social Media Researcher and Analyst for USG client and is currently serving as a Subject Matter Expert on Law and Politics. 

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Saman Azhar, LL.M.

Faculty

Education:

LL.M., Queen Mary (London)

LL.B., University of London

Courses:

Tort, Common Law Reasoning and Institutions, EU Law

 

Dr. Mohamed 'arafa

Faculty

Education:

S.J.D., Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law

LL.M., University of Connecticut School of Law

LL.B., Alexandria University (Egypt)

Courses:

Islamic Law, Criminology

Bio:

Dr. Mohamed ‘Arafa, is a faculty member at Blackstonr School of Law, an Assistant Professor of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice at Alexandria University Faculty of Law (Egypt) and an Adjunct Professor of Law teaching Islamic Law and Middle Eastern Legal and Political Studies at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law (USA). Professor ‘Arafa earned his Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) degree from Alexandria University Faculty of Law (English Department), Egypt in 2006, his Masters of Laws degree (LL.M.) in American Criminal Law and Criminal Justice from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 2008, and his Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD) from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in 2013. He was teaching in the last couple of years in Italy (Turin Law School), the Netherlands (University of Groningen), Tunisia, Croatia, Qatar, Brasil among many others. He teaches and regularly invited to international conferences and symposia also in various law schools in the United States including George Washington University (Washington DC), Washington University in St. Louis (Missouri), University of Illinois (Illinois), and Texas A&M University (Dallas), among many others. This Spring/Summer semesters of 2016, he has been invited to teach Islamic Law, Comparative Law, Transitional Justice, and Middle Eastern Legal Studies (Arab Spring Course) as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Brasilia in Brazil and University of Rijeka in Croatia (Zagreb). He will be back to University of Brasilia Law School (UnB) teaching this Fall of 2016 class on Comparative Law.

He authored several law reviews articles in numerous U.S. and European journals on Corruption and Anti-bribery Law; Anti-Money Laundering Law; Economic, White-Collar, and International Crimes; Islamic Law; Islamic Criminal Law; Comparative Criminal Law; Middle Eastern and Egyptian Politics. Most recently his book published in Germany by Lambert Academic Publishing (entitled: Towards a New Anti-Corruption Law in Egypt After Mubarak: A Comparative Study Between the United States Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, Egyptian Anti-Bribery Law, and Islamic Law, http://www.amazon.com/Towards-Anti-Corruption-Egypt-After-Mubarak/dp/3659396141). Furthermore, Professor ‘Arafa focuses his teaching and scholarship in the areas of Criminal Law; Advanced Criminal Procedures; Corporate Crimes; White Collar Crimes; Criminal Evidences, and Forensic Science; Criminology and Penology; Therapeutic Jurisprudence (“TJ”); Islamic Law; Islamic Criminal Law; International Criminal Law; International Human Rights Law, Transitional Justice, and Humanitarian Law. (His research and scholarship can be accessed online at his author’s page http://ssrn.com/author=1601014).

Professor ‘Arafa is also a Visiting Professor of Business Law at the Arab Academy for Science, Technology, and Maritime Transport (College of Business Management). Moreover, Professor ‘Arafa is a permanent member of The Arab Society for Commercial and Maritime Law (ASCML); Council on International Law and Politics (Chicago); The American Bar Association (ABA); The American Bar Association (ABA) Dispute Resolution, Business Law, and Educational Committees Program; and The Egyptian American Rule of Law Association (EARLA) in Washington DC. Recently, he qualified and was certified as a Civil and Domestic Mediator under Indiana Alternative Dispute Resolution (A.D.R.) Rule 25. In addition, he recently has been named to the editorial board of the United States-China Law Review as an “Honored Reviewer.” The review is published by David Publishing Company and the Editor-in-Chief of the Arab Law Quarterly Journal in London published by Brill Publishing Company.

For Full Updated Resume (CV) of ProfessorArafa including his recent publications, see http://mckinneylaw.iu.edu/faculty-staff/profile.cfm?uid=marafa

 

Dr. MOATASEM B. EL-GHERINI

Faculty

Education:

JSD, Boalt Hall School of Law, UC Berkley

LL.M., Cornell University

LL.M., Alexandria University (Egypt)

LL.B., Alexandria University (Egypt)

Courses:

Company Law, Commercial Law, Intellectual Property Law

Bio:

Dr. El Gheriani obtained his LL.B from Alexandria University, Egypt in 1995, followed by an LL.M in 1997. He traveled to the USA, and obtained an LL.M from Cornell, with a focus on corporate law, and a JSD from Boalt Hall School of Law, UC Berkeley in 2004. His dissertation addressed the regulatory system of financial derivatives.

Following completion of his studies, he joined the faculty at Alexandria University where he taught business law in general. His academic interest covered Intellectual Property and Access to Knowledge, Law and Economics, Corporate Governance, regulation of financial institutions, and Bankruptcy. He also lead his school pilot project to adopt a “credit hours” system for its graduate division (the first of its kind in Egypt), and played a pivotal role in the effort of both Cairo and Alexandria university to attract an American LL.M program which culminated in establishment of the Indiana University LL.M program. He acted as the program faculty coordinator in Alexandria, as well as an adjunct professor.

Apart from academia, He is admitted to the New York Bar since 2004. He worked as Assistant district attorney in Egypt from 1996-1997, and after his return to Egypt he acted as counsel to several organizations. From 2009 to 2012 he was the Qatar Foundation first Deputy General Counsel, under whom the legal department within the Foundation has witnessed substantial expansion in both function and capacity. He also led QF’s initiatives for the establishment of a Central Intellectual Property Management function and of establishing a JD degree granting law school.

He currently focuses on Islamic law governing business practices and commerce, including the current development of Islamic finance institutions, and he is also a Certified Sharia Auditor and Advisor for Islamic finance institutions (CSAA) from AAOIFI in Bahrain.

 

 

 

 

 

Administration

Irfan Mahmood

IRFAN MAHMOOD

CEO

Courses:

Public Law, Administrative Law, Jurisprudence

Blackstone Law College has a simple mission and that is to replace traditional education with 21st century education in Pakistan.Blackstone Law is unique because it takes education beyond the traditional setting of a lecture and provides inquiry-based teaching in a Self-Organized Learning Environment (SOLE). We utilize Flipped Classroom methodology where our classroom are a place of collaborative research, problem-solving and presenting solutions to issues. Outside of classroom, we provide 24 hours support through our freely available lectures on YouTube as we believe in open access. The goal is to create an environment in which students can acquire a set of competencies, so when they enter the workforce they are ready to take on real world challenges. We have an amazing faculty of people who are not only passionate about education but are also fully capable of bringing about this change in education.

Blackstone Law College started out as Sir William Blackstone Institute of Law in Monterey, California. Initially, we offered online coaching to University of London students from around the world. We taught students from all seven continents! Second year into this project, we recorded hundreds of lectures of law lectures for students so they can learn on the go. Our passion to help students and our love for teaching gave birth to Blackstone Law College which offers face-to-face classes in Lahore, Pakistan.The College campus is under construction on Barki Road, Lahore, only 15-20 minutes away from DHA. The college will provide a learning environment for law students and will enable them to learn by working in groups, doing research, applying law to real world problems, creating content for other law students, and connecting with students around the world. We offer a one-of-a-kind Work-Study curriculum through which we bridge the gap between education and career. Our curriculum ensures that our students are all-set to launch their careers successfully by the end of the program and in addition receive an LL.B. degree from University of London or Northumbria University. We, along with our students, will build our strong Blackstone Law College community!

Most recently I have worked with University of California San Francisco as a Senior Business Analyst. University of California San Francisco has produced many Nobel Laureates (UCSF Nobel Prize Winners) and is one of the most innovative medical institution in the United States. I was hired as a consultant by the School of Medicine to facilitate the launch of the Bridges Curriculum. The curriculum helps prepare 21st century doctors and is very complex (in a good way!) compared to any other curriculum currently taught to medical students. I helped the assessment, curriculum, evaluation, and technology teams to develop business models, guided them in designing complex processes around those models, collected business requirements, designed solutions, implemented strategy, and worked closely with the school leadership to prioritize Bridges Curriculum projects.The Work-Study curriculum taught at Blackstone Law College is inspired by the Bridges Curriculum (University of California San Francisco - School of Medicine).

 

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Muhammad Akram Arain

Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Akram has served as the CEO of LESCO, the largest power distribution company in Pakistan, for five consecutive years. He brings his unique perspective and experience to Blackstone school of Law to facilitate the operations and to bring life to the vision of the school. Under his leadership LESCO successfully launched complex projects like online billing, ERP system, automated metering system, procurement projects, and several sustainable projects. The school will leverage his expertise, network, and experience to successfully achieve its objectives.


RABIA KHAN

Enrollment Counselor

Ms. Rabia Khan, a graduate of Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), worked as a part of LUMS Admissions & Student Services team for a number of years. She is an expert in undergraduate and graduate admissions, enrollment matters, financial aid, and student services. At Blackstone Law College, Ms. Khan provides enrollment counseling services to prospective and current students. Her services include meeting with prospective students to counsel on completing admissions requirements, discussing academic programs and pathways, financial aid opportunities, and course registration assistance. She also plays an integral part in planning, coordinating and executing a range of events including Information Sessions and Open Houses for prospective students.