Loyola University Chicago

School of Law

Islamophobia and the Rule of Law

The Arab American Bar Association and Loyola’s Muslim Law Student Association, in cooperation with the American Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, American Middle East Voters Alliance, and the Arab-American Business Professional Association

Islamophobia and the Rule of Law

Thursday, April 21
5:30 PM*
*Pizza and soft drinks will be available at 5 PM

Philip H. Corboy Law Center
Power Rogers & Smith Ceremonial Courtroom, 10th Floor
25 E. Pearson Street, Chicago

Event Brochure (PDF)

Pluralism is a defining feature of American society.  Perhaps the most celebrated development in American law in the latter half of the twentieth century has been the effort to ensure the equal rights of minorities.  Yet discrimination persists, and worse, manifests itself in new and virulent forms.
Although discrimination against Muslims and Arabs did not begin with 9/11, the horrific events of that day raised the level of discrimination and hate speech directed against people from the Middle East.  The recent attacks in Paris, San Bernardino, and Brussels, and the extreme rhetoric of some political candidates concerning Muslims and immigration, have brought the phenomenon of Islamophobia into sharp relief.
This panel discussion will focus on the history of discrimination against Muslims and Arabs in law and American society; the constitutional dimensions of unequal treatment of religious and ethnic minorities, and the right of free expression; the US immigration system and its treatment of political refugees and peoples from different countries; and the ethical obligations of attorneys in the administration of justice to show respect and to act without discrimination with respect to race, ethnicity, religion, or national origin.

Amer Zahr
Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Detroit-Mercy School of Law
Juan Perea
Professor of Law, Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Vivian Khalaf
ImmigrationJD, LLC
John Breen
Professor of Law, Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Hon. William J. Haddad (Ret.)

This program has been approved for 1.5 hours of General MCLE credit;
Professional Responsibility may be offered pending approval.