ARAB AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION OF ILLINOIS
It was a proud day today at the Associate Judge Induction Ceremony and an especially proud day for AABAR as one of its co-founders, the now Honorable Rouhy J. Shalabi, was sworn in. Congratulations!
An evening to remember! Thank you to all who joined us and packed the house to celebrate the judicial appointment of our co-founder, Judge Rouhy J. Shalabi. Judge Shalabi is the first Palestinian American and Muslim Arab American to ascend to the bench in Illinois. We are very proud!
Thank you to all who attended our first general meeting of the year! We had a great turnout. Stay tuned for our upcoming events!
The Chicago Bar Association's All Bar Social was a packed house with close to 300 people in attendance and over 30 organizations represented, including AABAR!
AABAR was proud to co-sponsor the Chicago Bar Association's "Spring into Service" Project preparing and delivering over 200 lunches for the Pacific Garden Mission, the largest homeless shelter in the Chicagoland area.
AABAR along with the Arab American Association of Engineers and Architects (AAAEA), the Arab American Business and Professional Association (ABPA), and the National Arab American Medical Association (NAAMA) come together for the annual All Professionals Networking Event.*
*postponed due to pandemic safety precautions
Hon. Haddad will be speaking at NIU Law's 27th Annual Francis X. Riley Lecture on Professionalism. His lecture is entitled, "The Legal Profession's Ideals of Public Service: The Formation and Impact of the Arab American Bar Association of Illinois." Read more here,
AABAR was a proud co-sponsor, along with the National Arab American Bar Association (NAABA) and the Arab American Lawyers Association of Southern California (AALASC) of the CLE webinar, "The New Normal: Covid 19 Legal Developments and the Impact on the Workplace."
Fellow board members Vivian Khalaf and Lana Nassar as well as AABAR member Omar Abuzir garnered national attention for filing a federal lawsuit on behalf of U.S. citizens married to immigrants who were denied stimulus checks. Read more here, https://fortune.com/2020/04/25/trump-sued-stimulus-check-married-immigrant/.
AABAR was a proud co-sponsor of the AMVOTE PAC Virtual Iftar Webinar on Wednesday, May 20, 2020, featuring special guests Illinois Governor JB Pritzker, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle and President of the Arab American Institute, Dr. James Zogby.
The National Arab American Bar Association (NAABA) hosted an 3azeemeh (social gathering) featuring our very own Past President Donna Haddad along with several other outstanding NAABA members.
Another amazing AABAR General Meeting! Wonderful to see old and new faces!
AABAR proudly stood with ABPA and other Chicago community leaders today during a press conference condemning the death of George Floyd and discussing the rebuilding efforts here in Chicago.