immigrated to the United States in 1979 because of his
awareness and admiration of the freedoms espoused by the
Founding Fathers of this country and the Constitution and
Bill of Rights upon which it was built.
arriving in America, he has earned three degrees - a
Bachelors in mathematics from the
University of Notre Dame, a
Masters in computer science from the
University of Virginia, and
a law degree from
Santa Clara University.
he founded a successful software business,
which has 70 patent law firms and corporations as clients
nationwide. He is also an immigration attorney who defends
low-income, primarily Latino non-citizens in immigration
Maad has been
very active in the civil rights movement since his arrival
in the Bay Area in 1990. He was President of the Middle
Eastern Law Students Association at Santa Clara University
and also served as President of the San Francisco Chapter of
the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), where
he has volunteered his time since 1997. During his tenure as
President at the ADC-SF, Maad helped organize a legal forum
on the rights of non-citizens and led an information
campaign about the humanitarian aspects of the U.N. blockade
on Iraq, including the erection of a large pro-peace
billboard on the approach to the Bay Bridge.
worked hard to create alliances within the civil rights and
anti-war movement and was one of the founding members of the
California Civil Rights Alliance,
which consists of over a dozen civil rights organizations.
Maad is an
animal lover and currently has two cats he brought home from
the Peninsula Humane Society .
Maad spends his free time windsurfing at
and rock climbing in