Meet Our Legal Team
Zahra Billoo, Esq.
Zahra Billoo is a civil rights attorney and the executive director of the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR). In this capacity, she leads the oldest CAIR chapter in the country, serving the Bay Area's 250,000 Muslims. Zahra is frequently seen at mosques and universities facilitating trainings and workshops as a part of CAIR’s grassroots efforts to empower the American Muslim community and build bridges with allies on civil rights issues. Zahra also provides direct legal services for victims of law enforcement targeting and Islamophobia. Her work has been highlighted in local and national media outlets including the Christian Science Monitor, KTVU, MSNBC, NPR, and the San Jose Mercury News. Zahra is a 2014 recipient of the National Lawyers Guild San Francisco Bay Area Chapter's Unsung Hero Award and a 2013 recipient of the South Asian Bar Association of Northern California's Trailblazer Award.
A proud 49er, Zahra graduated Cum Laude from California State University, Long Beach with degrees in Human Resources Management and Political Science. While in college, she held various leadership roles both at campus and state-wide advocacy efforts for college affordability and social justice. She also worked with the California Faculty Association. She earned her J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, and is licensed to practice law in California. As a law student, Zahra was awarded the Peggy Browning Fund Fellowship, and worked to work with the National Employment Law Project and became involved with the Muslim American Society.
Outside of her work with CAIR, Zahra bakes birthday cakes for foster children through Cake4Kids and is a coordinator for Project Feed, a monthly homeless feeding effort in downtown San Francisco.
Civil Rights Attorney
Brittney Rezaei is a civil rights attorney for the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR). In this capacity, she represents clients who have faced religious discrimination. Some of the issues she handles include law enforcement targeting, school bullying, employment discrimination and hate incidents.
Brittney graduated from UC Davis with degrees in Middle East/South Asia Studies and International Relations. While in college Brittney studied Arabic, Farsi, and French, and spent the summer after graduation in Jordan studying Arabic as a recipient of the State Department's Critical Languages Scholarship. Brittney earned her J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law (SCU), and is licensed to practice law in California. During and after law school, Brittney worked on the legal team at Google handling law enforcement matters. At SCU, she was active in the International Human Rights Clinic and Katherine & George Alexander Community Law Center's immigration program.
Civil Rights Coordinator
Saba hails from Ohio where during college she helped found the CAIR Ohio State University chapter. Through that effort she and her colleagues helped carry CAIR's important, post-9/11 outreach work on the college campus. It was her experience with the community that inspired her to attend law school. She moved to the Bay Area due to this and graduated from Golden Gate University School of Law this past December. While in law school, she stepped in to assist a local youth who had been targeted by law enforcement and organized various Free Soltan efforts in support of Mohamed Soltan, who protested his unlawful detention by Egyptian authorities with a 400 day hunger strike.
Saba will be coordinating the work of the civil rights team at CAIR-SFBA, providing advice, advocacy, assistance, and representation for the hundreds of American Muslims who contact our office each year. She will also work to raise awareness among community members and allies about the challenges we are working on.