The Legal Profession's Ideals of Public Service: A Study of the Emergence and Impact of a Minority Bar Association upon American Society
The Preamble of the ABA's Model Rules of Professional Conduct discusses an attorney's duty to advance the profession's ideals of public service. Judge William Haddad's Francis X. Riley Lecture on Professionalism will present a study of the formation and impact of the Arab-American Bar Association of Illinois. The Arab-American Bar Association ("AABAR") was formed in 1990 by a dedicated group of Arab-American Attorneys who had been appointed by the Mayor of Chicago to serve on his Arab-American Advisory Council. Over the ensuing years, AABAR has addressed many racial and social justice issues of public concern ranging from police protection of minority owned businesses ravaged by the insurrection of 1992, to the backlash of hate crimes and discrimination against Arab-Americans and Muslims after 9/11; all the while defending and promoting the Rule of Law and opposing hate speech and hate crimes.