Harvard Law School Professor Intisar Rabbhas been awarded the Trailblazer Award by the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association (MBLA). Rabb, the director of Islamic Legal Studies at HLS, was recognized on March 22 at the organization’s 45th anniversary gala. The award recognizes “leaders who have enriched the legal profession and created career pathways for black lawyers.”
“I am deeply appreciative of the MBLA recognition and the hard-working lawyers in that association not just of my work but of the aim that inspires our collective work as members of the legal profession (and academy): to use our incredible opportunities and to fight injustice, educate on issues of moment, and otherwise contribute to making the world a better and more beautiful place,” said Rabb. “I seek to contribute in these ways through legal education in areas of Islamic law and criminal law, and I am pleased to join others—old and new—who pursue their own passions to make their own contributions to our collective goal. The worlds needs it now more than ever.”
In addition to honoring Rabb, MBLA recognized Harvard Law School Alumni Desiree Ralls-Morrison ’92, executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary of Boston Scientific; Keith N. Hylton ’89, William Fairfield Warren Distinguished Professor, Boston University School of Law. Maria O’Brien Hylton, a professor at Boston University School of Law, also received the Trailblazer Award.
Melvin Miller, who received his A.B. from Harvard University in 1956, received the Lifetime Achievement Award for his work as founder, editor and publisher of the The Bay State Banner.
A leading expert on Islamic Law and legal history, Rabb joined the HLS faculty in 2014. She was previously an associate professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies and Law at New York University School of Law. In addition to her professorship at HLS, Rabb is the Susan S. and Kenneth L. Wallach Professor at Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and a professor of history at Harvard University’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Her publications include: “Doubt in Islamic Law: A History of Legal Maxims, Interpretation, and Islamic Criminal Law” (Cambridge Univ. Press 2015); and “Law and Tradition in Classical Islamic Thought,” co-edited with Michael Cook, Najam Haider, and Asma Sayeed, (Palgrave MacMillan, 2013).