December 15, 2021

Muslim Cemetery Battles for Justice in Virginia: “So Lose Not Heart Nor Despair”

Podcast episode with Milbank partners Allan Marks, Tawfiq Rangwala and Melanie Westover Yanez


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A charity encounters surprising roadblocks to building a new cemetery for low-cost Muslim burials in Stafford County, Virginia. In this episode, host Allan Marks follows the cemetery’s path to justice with the lawyers who handled the civil rights case, Tawfiq Rangwala and Melanie Westover Yanez, and their pro bono client, the All Muslim Association of America, at the intersection of religious freedom, land use, and local politics in America today.

About the Speakers

Tawfiq Rangwala is a partner in Milbank’s New York office and a member of the firm’s Litigation & Arbitration Group. His practice focuses on the defense of US and international regulatory and criminal enforcement matters, as well as internal investigations across multiple jurisdictions and industries. He also has extensive experience handling federal and state court litigation of complex commercial cases involving securities and corporate law, contract disputes and financial restructuring.

Melanie Westover Yanez is special counsel in the Washington, DC office and a member of the firm’s Litigation & Arbitration Group. She represents clients in federal and state courts in complex commercial litigation and financial restructuring litigation and has experience defending clients in individual and class action cases involving antitrust, securities, and commodities issues.

Podcast host Allan Marks is one of the world's leading project finance lawyers. He advises developers, investors, lenders, and underwriters around the world in the development and financing of complex infrastructure projects, as well as related acquisitions, restructurings and capital markets transactions. Mr. Marks also serves as an Adjunct Lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley at both the Law School and the Haas School of Business.

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