Civil Rights Luncheon: Civil Rights Moving Forward
Friday, June 22, 2012 ● 12:30 pm ● Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill ● Washington, DC
Washington, DC | www.adc.org | May 11, 2012 – The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) is proud to announce the award recipients to be honored at this year’s Civil Rights Luncheon being held Friday, June 22, 2012, as part of the ADC National Convention. The luncheon serves as one of the primary forums for convention attendees to learn about issues impacting civil rights and liberties.
This year ADC will honor three distinguished individuals for their commitment to equality and justice, they are highlighted below.
Pro Bono Attorney of the Year - Anton Hajjar
The Pro Bono Attorney of the Year award is given each year to an attorney who exhibits dedication and commitment to the Arab American community, and strives to attain justice.
Anton Hajjar – Principal with O’Donnell, Schwartz & Anderson, P.C.
Mr. Hajjar was among the first to support and help launch the National Arab American Lawyer’s Association (NAALA) in 2011. He regularly represents international and local unions, and presents on employment and labor law topics. He has been an advisor and pro bono attorney in numerous employment discrimination cases, including those involving Arab and Muslim Americans following 9/11. Mr. Hajjar has always served as a supporter to our Legal Department, providing ADC will the tools to continuously move forward.
Friend in Government Award - David Lopez
The Friend in Government Award is given each year to a public servant that has assisted the Arab American community. As a guardian of civil rights, this awardee ensures constructive engagement between the United States government and the community.
David Lopez – General Counsel of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
Mr. Lopez was nominated by President Barack Obama in 2010. On a daily basis he fights employment discrimination and aims to vindicate civil rights for all. Mr. Lopez was lead counsel in the monumental case, EEOC vs. Alamo Rent-A-Car, a religious discrimination lawsuit post-9/11. Mr. Lopez has a strong relationship with ADC. As a presenter at ADC’s Policy Conference in September of 2011, and as a colleague that constantly provides insight into discriminatory complaints, Mr. Lopez’s contributions have significantly assisted ADC in its fight for civil rights
Civil Rights Pioneer Award - Abdeen Jabara
The Civil Rights Pioneer Award honors a civil rights activist that has dedicated his or her life to fighting for the rights of the community. The awardee has undoubtedly had an instrumental role in defending the rights of everyday American