Arab American Bar Association of Illinois


June 14, 2021: AABAR CLE: Diversity & Inclusion (Legal Education). Panelists include Dean Zelda Harris (Loyola University School of Law), Dean Cassandra Hill (Northern Illinois University College of Law), Dean Jennifer L. Rosato Perea (DePaul University College of Law), Dean James B. Speta (Northwestern Pritzker School of Law), Dean Chante Spann (UIC-John Marshall School of Law), and Professor Zeina Zaatari (Director, Arab American Cultural Center), with Moderator Hon. William Haddad. Zoom: 12PM-1PM. Register at

May 27, 2021: Save the Date. Forum: Breaking Down our Silos: Building Relationships, Community, & Solidarity Across Bar Associations. Join us for this forum to share and discuss ideas on how we can move from working in our silos to taking collective action to dismantle racism and hate. Sponsored by AABA, AABAR, CABA, Decalogue, FALA, HLAI, KABA, PRBA, and SABA. Zoom: 5PM-6:30PM. Registration details to follow.

May 1, 2021: The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin featured an article on AABAR by our very own Vice President Nura Yanaki for its special edition celebrating Law Day 2021.​

April 28, 2021: The Chicago Bar Association will be hosting its prestigious 2021 Annual Vanguard Awards where AABAR's Vivian R. Khalaf will be honored! This special award luncheon honors the individuals and institutions who have made the law and legal profession more accessible to and reflective of the community at large. Zoom: 12PM. To register, click here.

April 8, 2021: Hon. William J. Haddad delivers the NIU Law Francis X. Riley Lecture on Professionalism entitled, "The Legal Profession's Ideals of Public Service: A Study of the Emergence and Impact of a Minority Bar Association upon American Society." Zoom: 6PM-7PM. To register, click here.

March 30, 2021: AABAR presents A Career Panel Student Outreach Initiative for all Illinois Law Students. Panelists include Hon. William J. Haddad and Hon. Rouhy J. Shalabi from the Judiciary; Cory Cassis and Sara Ghantous from the Public Sector; Robert Fakhouri and Donna Haddad from the Private Sector; Mona Elgindy from the Non for Profit Sector; and Moderator Wesam Shahed. 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). Panelists include Mary Clare Bonaccorsi (Polsinelli), Philip Corboy (Corboy & Demetrio), Justi Rae Miller (State Farm), Melissa Root (Jenner & Block), and Dr. Malaika Tyson (McAndrews, Held & Malloy) with Moderator Hon. William Haddad. Zoom: 5PM-6PM. Register at


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