Nov 15, 2007

Chicago Rally: Monday 19th Nov 2007

For Immediate Release
November 14, 2007

Rishi Agrawal

Asian American Bar Association


The recent events in Pakistan -- suspending the constitution, shutting down
the Supreme Court, and jailing more than 3,000 lawyers -- are a clear breach
of the rule of law. Bar associations across the United States and around the
world, immediately spoke out. To show support for our colleagues in
Pakistan, Chicago area bar associations are organizing a rally on Monday,
November 19th.

The Pakistani American Bar Association of North America, Indian American Bar
Association of Chicago, Muslim Bar Association of Chicago, and Asian
American Bar Association of the Greater Chicago Area are holding a rally to
demonstrate support for an independent judiciary and the return to the rule
of law.

The Rally is co-sponsored by the Chicago Bar Association, Chinese American
Bar Association, The Decalogue Society of Lawyers, National Lawyers Guild
Chicago Chapter, North American South Asian Bar Association, and other bar

To demonstrate that we share Pakistani lawyers' commitment to justice,
please wear your black suit to work on Monday and, if possible, join fellow
lawyers at the rally.

When: Noon-1pm, Monday, November 19
Where: Richard J. Daley Center Lobby
Attire: Black suit

Featured speaker is Professor Douglas Cassel, Director of Notre Dame Law
School's Center for Civil and Human Rights.

"As leaders of the Chicago legal community, we have been both moved and
troubled by the developments in Pakistan. The spirit of the Pakistani
lawyers in fighting for the rule of law has been inspiring. At the same
time, the actions against the Pakistani judiciary strike at the very core of
our beliefs. This rally is our small way of supporting the efforts for the
return to the rule of law and an independent judiciary in Pakistan," stated

Rishi Agrawal (312-399-1697), Executive Director of the North American South
Asian Bar Association.

Please join our effort to show the world that Pakistan's lawyers are not
fighting alone.

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