Partner – Trivedi & Khan
Trustee – Community Consolidated School District 15
Past President – Muslim Bar Association of Chicago
Junaid Afeef is an outstanding trial lawyer and advocate. The first felony jury trial I participated in – as a student – was one that Junaid was trying with another attorney in the mid-1990s in Bridgeview, Illinois. In the early 2000s Junaid and I, along with a number of other attorneys, collaborated on an amicus brief to the United States Supreme Court in an immigration related matter in the weeks and months after the tragic terrorist attacks of 9/11.
What stands out for me about Junaid is that he has been steadfast over the last 25 years in focusing his career on public service and the pursuit of justice. He has been an advocate for his own faith community, and he has also been an ally to other groups who have been and continue to be subjected to hate and discrimination. On many occasions Junaid has taken stances that were difficult because he believed in the missions. Despite the criticism he remained firm in pursuing what he believed was right.
The challenges that lay ahead for us all when it comes to fixing our criminal justice system require prosecutors who will lead boldly. I believe Junaid has the experience and the character to lead the Kane County State’s Attorney through reforms that will make Kane County a safer and healthier community for all.