Civil Rights Luncheon: Civil Rights Moving Forward

Friday, June 22, 2012 ● 12:30 pm ● Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill ● Washington, DC

Washington, DC | | 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.

6417af7fa0.JPGAnton 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.