As McCarter’s first Pro Bono Fellow for the City of Newark, Abdul Rehman Khan is dedicated to working with and for disadvantaged and underserved residents in the Newark community, with a specific focus on housing-related issues. His mandate includes leveraging the firm’s pro bono resources to effectively represent low-income tenants facing eviction, the majority of whom have no access to counsel, through direct representation, among other things.
He collaborates with legal services organizations, elected officials, community service groups, universities, and other stakeholders to educate tenants on their rights. His advocacy extends to influencing public opinion through speaking and writing about the critical societal and legal aspects of eviction and other areas of urgent housing-related needs.
Abdul Rehman is a committed human rights advocate. While attending Rutgers School of Law, he was team lead for the Constitutional Rights Clinic, where he challenged efforts to curtail voting rights in Newark. He also founded Paul Robeson Prison Divest as part of a national movement against mass incarceration, calling for transparency into the university’s holdings and divestment from companies that profit from the prison–industrial complex.
A merit scholar and George A. Kaplan Scholar, Abdul Rehman was awarded the Community Service Award and the I Have a Dream Award by his peers. His article Space Wars: Dual-Use Satellites was nominated for the Scribes Law Review Award for the best student-written article in the country. Prior to joining the firm, Abdul Rehman served as a litigation associate in New York City.