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"The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund is simply the best civil rights law firm in American history." -- President Obama

Ajmel Quereshi

Senior Counsel

As Senior Counsel at LDF, Ajmel Quereshi specializes in cases concerning the discriminatory impact of policies and practices under Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and the Fair Housing Act. Just months after joining LDF, Ajmel spearheaded the filing of a landmark federal complaint regarding the cancellation of the Baltimore Red Line. The filing was covered by and Ajmel was quoted in the Washington Post and the Guardian, among others. In addition to this work, he also represents prisoners facing a sentence of death, monitors the desegregation of school districts, and coordinates litigation and policy related to the school to prison pipeline. Most recently, he has challenged multiple attempts by the Trump Administration to rescind regulations that would increase access to fair housing. Ajmel’s work has been recognized by Harvard Law School, which awarded him a Wasserstein Fellowship in 2016.

Before joining LDF, Ajmel worked as Staff Counsel at the American Civil Liberties Union's National Prison Project, where he litigated complex class action claims involving the United States' most inhumane correctional facilities. He served as one of the lead counsel in Dockery v. Epps, challenging conditions at the East Mississippi Correctional Facility, and assisted in the representation of the Plaintiff class in Parsons v. Ryan, a statewide class action concerning the lack of health care and conditions of confinement in Arizona's prisons.

Ajmel previously co-directed the Civil Rights Clinic at Howard University School of Law, where he also taught courses in Torts and Federal Civil Rights. Under his direction, the Clinic filed amicus briefs in several cases before the United States Supreme Court, as well as in Fletcher v. Lamone, in which the United States District Court for the District of Maryland upheld the nation's first statewide law to prohibit prison-based gerrymandering. Prior to joining Howard Law School, Ajmel received a Skadden Fellowship and directed the Immigrants' Rights Project at the ACLU of Maryland. In that capacity, he argued before Maryland's highest court and regularly testified before the Maryland legislature. He currently serves on the ACLU of Maryland's Board of Directors.

Ajmel's editorial writings have appeared in various newspapers; he has published articles in several legal journals; and his cases have been featured by the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Daily Show with Jon Stewart, among others. In 2010, the Maryland Daily Record named him one of the top legal professionals in Maryland under 40.

Ajmel is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School.  After graduating, Ajmel clerked for the Honorable Damon J. Keith of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and the Honorable James G. Carr of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.