CLEAR is a non-profit organization that offers free legal representation and advice to:

  • Individuals who have been approached for questioning by enforcement.

  • Individuals and groups who are targets of government surveillance.

  • To those who need advice about charitable giving.

  • To those who have experienced travel difficulties and delays because of U.S Government searches and scrutiny.

All communication is confidential.

CLEAR is a cross-clinical project between the Immigrant & Refugee Rights Clinic, directed by Professor Ramzi Kassem, and the Criminal Defense Clinic, directed by Professor Steve Zeidman. CLEAR is predominantly staffed by law students from both clinics in their final year of study, working under the supervision of law faculty and attorneys.


Our work is defined by our relationships with communities and grassroots organizations whose members wish to shape and respond to national security and counterterrorism policies and practices affecting them. CLEAR’s community-oriented approach combines legal representation with other services directed at satisfying the fuller range of community concerns.

The CLEAR project is housed at the City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law. CLEAR primarily aims to address the unmet legal needs of Muslim, Arab, South Asian, and other communities in the New York City area that are particularly affected by national security and counterterrorism policies and practices.

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  • Ramzi Kassem

  • Tarek Ismail

  • Naz Ahmad



2009-2010 Masthead
Inaugural CLEAR Team – Class of 2010: Suzanne Adely; Beena Ahmad; Disha Chandiramani; Michael Corcoran; Hera Javed; Michele Lampach; Michael Leonard; Mona Patel; Talia Peleg; Laura Polstein; Insha Rahman

2010-2011 Masthead
Ziska Anderson; Suha Dabbouseh; Yasmin Dwedar; Kathy Heffron; Erin Herro ; Rezwan Islam ; Matthew Main; Fatima Naqvi; Bisma Nasar; Edward Poff; Lisa Zayas

2011-2012 Masthead
Michael Figura; Robin Gordon Leavitt; Julia Hernandez; Cassandra Kelly; Liz Kenney; Gabriela Lopez; Krystal Rodriguez; Kim Sandberg