Arab American Bar Association of Illinois

2021 Calendar of Events

  • April 28, 2021: Save the Date for the Chicago Bar Association's Annual Vanguard Awards where AABAR will be honoring Vivian R. Khalaf! Registration details to follow. Zoom: 12PM.
  • March 30, 2021: Save the Date for AABAR's All Illinois MELSA, MENA, and Muslim Law Students Career Panel. Zoom: 5PM-6PM.To register, email
  • February 10, 2021: AABAR General Meeting Special Feature: Members who would like to learn more about becoming a judge are encouraged to attend an informational meeting with AABAR's very own Hon. William J. Haddad (ret), Hon. Samuel J. Betar, and Hon. Rouhy J. Shalabi. Each will discuss their journey to the bench and the preparatory work involved. Zoom: 12PM - 1PM. To register, email
    January 27, 2021: AABAR's 30th Anniversary: Installation & Award Ceremony with Governor Pritzker. Zoom: 5PM-6PM. Register at
  • January 18, 2021: AABAR CLE: Diversity & Inclusion (Law Firm Hiring). Zoom: 5PM-6PM. Register at

2020 Calendar of Events:

  • December 8, 2020: Diversity Scholarship Foundation's Unity Award Gala (Judge Shalabi to receive Advocate for Diversity Award). Zoom: 6PM.Register at
  • November 1, 2020: AABAR Launches Thanksgiving Turkey Drive with Arab American Family Services. Donate at:
  • October 27, 2020: AABAR General Meeting (New Member Orientation Day). Zoom: 5PM-6PM. Register at
  • September 9, 2020: AABAR/Decalogue's 5th Annual Building Bridges Award (Hon. Megan Goldish and Marvet Sweis). Zoom: 5PM-PM. Register at:
  • August 19, 2020: AABAR's Video Tribute for Lebanese Red Cross. To donate, visit
  • July 17, 2020: AABAR Joins CBA's Racial Justice Coalition. Senator Dick Durbin to Speak to Coalition. Zoom: 12PM. Register at
  • July 8, 2020: AABAR CLE: Commercial Insurance Claims. Zoom: 5PM-6PM. Register at
  • June 5, 2020: AABAR Press Conference: Aftermath of George Floyd and Rebuilding Chicago Communities. Exclusive773: 857 W. 87th St, Chicago: 10:30AM.
  • June 4, 2020: AABAR General Meeting: Meet & Greet. Zoom: 5PM-6PM. Register at
  • May 20, 2020: AABAR Co-Sponsor of Virtual Iftar: Gov. Pritzker, Mayor Lightfoot. Zoom: 7PM. Register at
  • May 20, 2020: National Arab American Bar Association's 3aZoomeh with AABAR's Past President Donna Haddad. Zoom: 5PM. Register with
  • April 21, 2020: AABAR, AALASC, and NAABA CLE: Covid-19 Legal Developments and Workplace Impact. Zoom: 2PM. Register at
  • April 3, 2020: Hon. Haddad to deliver Francis X. Riley Lecture on Professionalism. NIU: 4:30PM. *event postponed d/t pandemic safety precautions.
  • April 1, 2020: Reminder: Deadline for AABAR Membership Dues. 
  • ​March 30, 2020: AABAR Covid-19 Pandemic Fundraiser for Arab American Family Services. Visit
  • March 11, 2020: AABAR Annual All Professionals Networking Event with ABPA, AAAEA, and NAAMA. Athena: 5PM. *event postponed d/t pandemic safety precautions.
  • March 7, 2020: AABAR Joins CBA's "Spring into Service" Project to Feed the Homeless. CBA Headquarters: 9AM. Register at
  • February 13, 2020: CBA All Bar Social. Social: 5:30PM-8:30PM. Register with
  • February 12: 2020: AABAR General Meeting. Polsinelli: 12PM - 1PM. Register at
  • January 22, 2020: Celebration of AABAR's newly installed Hon. Rouhy J. Shalabi. Alhambra Palace Restaurant: 5PM. Register at