Saima Mohsin: 1st Federal Muslim Female US Attorney

Pakistani born Saima Mohsin will become the first Muslim woman federal prosecutor after being named the acting US attorney for Michigan's Eastern District.

Pakistan-American Saima Mohsin is set to become the first federal Muslim female US attorney after being named the acting US attorney for Michigan’s Eastern District.

Last week, Joe Biden’s administration appointed Saima Mohsin as the acting US attorney for Michigan’s Eastern District. She will be taking charge of the post in an acting capacity following the resignation of the current Matthew Schneider who had resigned shortly after President Biden took over the presidency.

The US Justice Department has said that Schneider’s last day as Attorney will be February 1, adding that Saima Mohsin will “immediately assume office as Acting United States Attorney” under the Vacancies Reform Act.

Previously Saima Mohsin was serving as the First Assistant United States Attorney since March 2018.

“She is a career prosecutor, having served in the US Attorney’s Office since 2002, and prior to that as a Deputy New Jersey Attorney General and an Assistant District Attorney in Manhattan,” said the Justice Department.

Saima Mohsin called her new appointment a “great honour”.

“I am deeply committed to fulfilling our core mission to faithfully enforce the law and seek justice for all,” Mohsin was quoted in the press release.

According to the Detroit Free Press, the Pakistan born legal worker will bring diversity to an important position. They reported that Saima Mohsin is a graduate of the Rutgers University in New Jersey where she earned a bachelor’s degree and a law degree.

Incumbent attorney Schneider said he was “pleased” to leave the US Attorney’s Office for Eastern District of Michigan in Saima Mohsin’s hands who he said was “one of the finest federal prosecutors” he’s ever known.

“Saima is a dynamic trial lawyer and a talented manager. And, as the first woman, immigrant, Muslim United States Attorney in American history, her service is truly historic,” stated Schneider.

He is confident that the lawyer will be an “outstanding representative and defender” for the community.

The two leaders with Muslim advocacy Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) told the Detroit Free Press that they were not aware of any previous Muslim US attorney or acting US attorney.

“I do not believe that there has ever been a Muslim US Attorney,” Gaider Abbas told the Detroit Free Press.

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