General Meeting & Special Feature: The Road to the Judiciary
February 10, 2021

What an AMAZING turnout for our first general meeting of the year! Thank you to our honored speakers, AABAR’s Judge Samuel Betar, Judge Michael Betar, Judge William Haddad, and Judge Rouhy Shalabi for making today a huge success!


CLE: The New Normal: Covid 19 Legal Developments and the Impact on the Workplace

​April 21, 2020

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" 


Installation of Judge Rouhy J. Shalabi

January 6, 2020

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!


AABAR & Decalogue Society of Lawyers: 5th Annual Building Bridges Event

September 9, 2020

The Arab American Bar Association, in conjunction with the Decalogue Society, hosted their Fifth Annual Building Bridges Awards, honoring Marvet Sweis Drnovsek and Judge Megan Goldish for their dedication to and support for our communities. 


AABAR's 30th Anniversary: Installation & Award Ceremony

January 27, 2021

AABAR was proud to celebrate 30 years with over 200 attendees and Keynote Speaker Governor JB Pritzker! Congratulations to Judge William Haddad who was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award and to our Distinguished Honorees: Hon. Francesco Caprio, Hon. Timothy L. Kilbride, and the Doe v Trump Trial Team: Vivian Khalaf, Omar Abuzir, and Lana Nassar. We were also proud to have Hon. Timothy C. Evans install President Marvet M. Sweis and Hon. Rouhy J. Shalabi install Vice President Nura Yanaki, Treasurer Tony Abou Ezzi, Corresponding Secretary Lana Nassar, and Recording Secretary Jawad Shalabi. The event made the cover of Chicago Daily Law Bulletin!



March 28, 2020

AABAR was proud to support Arab American Family Services (AAFS) in their COVID-19 Food Drive.


AABAR Member Meeting

June 4, 2020

Another amazing AABAR General Meeting! Wonderful to see old and new faces!


Press Conference

June 5, 2020

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.


All Bar Social

February 14, 2020

​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!


Virtual Iftar Webinar

May 17, 2020

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.


AABAR Member Meeting

February 12, 2020

Thank you to all who attended our first general meeting of the year! We had a great turnout. Stay tuned for our upcoming events!

AABAR's Vivian R. Khalaf Receives Chicago Bar Association's 2021 Vanguard Award
​April 28, 2021
The Chicago Bar Association hosted its prestigious 2021 Annual Vanguard Awards where AABAR's Vivian R. Khalaf was honored! This special award ceremony honors individuals and institutions who have made the law and legal profession more accessible to and reflective of the community at large.


3aZoomeh: NAABA Features AABAR Past President Donna Haddad

​May 20, 2020

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.


AABAR Member Meeting

October 27, 2020

What a FANTASTIC meeting AABAR had today with our new and existing members! Stay tuned for our upcoming projects and events. For those who wish to join our bar association, visit us at arabbar.org.


Lebanese Red Cross Video Tribute

August 19, 2020

We are devastated by the loss of life and destruction suffered by our brothers and sisters in Lebanon, following an explosion in the port of Lebanon's capital city on August 4, 2020. We ask that you please consider donating what you can as Lebanon needs our full support.


AABAR's Hon. William J. Haddad (ret.) Delivers Francis X. Riley Lecture
​April 8, 2021

Hon. William J. Haddad spoke at NIU Law's 27th Annual Francis X. Riley Lecture on Professionalism. His lecture, entitled "The Legal Profession's Ideals of Public Service: A Study of the Emergence and Impact of a Minority Bar Association upon American Society," drew an outstanding attendance. 


AABAR Co-Founder Hon. William Haddad (ret.) to Deliver Francis X. Riley Lecture

​April 3, 2020

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"


AABAR & AAFS Thanksgiving Turkey Drive

​November 24, 2020

Thank you to all who generously donated to our Joint Thanksgiving Turkey Drive with Arab American Family Services. We we were able to reach our goal and provide a Thanksgiving dinner to 150 families! 


AABAR & CBA Racial Justice Coalition Event with Senator Dick Durbin

July 17, 2020

The Arab American Bar Association of Illinois proudly joins the Chicago Bar Association’s newly formed Racial Justice Coalition (RJC)! Senator Dick Durbin launched the Coalition by speaking to members about the Justice in Policing Act of 2020.


Celebration of the Honorable Rouhy J. Shalabi

January 22, 2020

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!


CLE: Diversity & Inclusion

January 18, 2021

Thank you to all who attended our CLE this evening on Diversity and Inclusion! What an amazing turnout thanks to our panelists:

Mary Clare Bonaccorsi, Philip Corboy, Justi Rae Miller, Melissa Root, and Dr. Malaika Tyson. And special thank you to our moderator Hon. William Haddad.

2020 Unity Award Gala

December 8, 2020

Close to 200 people attended this evening’s 2020 Unity Award Gala where our very own Honorable Rouhy J. Shalabi was awarded with the 2020 Advocate for Diversity Award and Attorney Marvet M. Sweis was sworn in as Bar President. Congratulations to all! AABAR was proud to also donate a beautiful cultural basket for the Diversity Scholarship Auction.


Spring into Service Project

March 7, 2020

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.


A Career Panel Student Outreach Initiative

March 30, 2021

Thank you to all who attended our Career Panel, helping make the program a success! Special thank you to our Panelists: 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.


The Arab American All Professionals 2020 Networking Event

March 11, 2020

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) will come together once again for their annual All Professionals Networking Event.*

*event postponed due to pandemic safety precautions


AABAR Board Members Vivian Khalaf and Lana Nassar File National Headliner Case

​April 26, 2020

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.

AABAR Celebrates Law Day!

​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.​

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CLE: Commercial Insurance Claims

July 8, 2020

What an AMAZING evening thanks to our outstanding CLE speakers, Judge Haddad, Edward Eshoo, and Emil Totonchi! Thank you to all who participated.