Interfaith Panel Discussion

This event is co-sponsored by the Chicago Bar Association

You are cordially invited to attend our upcoming Interfaith Panel Discussion. Join us on Wednesday, April 6 from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. for a conversation on the intersection of faith and the law. This panel will examine the age-old question: Does a lawyer’s faith impact their practice of law? Can it? Should it?

Hear from law professor Fr. Greg O’Meara, S.J., attorney Reem H. Odeh, and attorney Jonathan D. Lubin. Live online via Zoom.

CLE Credit

One hour of general CLE credit will be provided to attendees of this program.

Location

This is a virtual event. Zoom link will be provided via email prior to the event.

Registration

There is no cost for this program. Donations are welcome if you are able to do so. Registration is required to attend.

Panelists

Rev. Gregory J. O’Meara, S.J.

Rev. Gregory J. O’Meara, S.J., is the rector of the Marquette University Jesuit Community. Father O’Meara took office in May 2020.

Father O’Meara has also returned to the faculty at Marquette University Law School, where he was an associate professor and three-time recipient of the James D. Ghiardi Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence. He left Marquette in 2013 to serve as the rector of the Jesuit community at Creighton University until 2019, where he also served as a professor of law at Creighton University Law School. He recently completed a sabbatical at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law in the Center for the Study of Law and Society, where he researched law and sociology and questions of legal ethics.

Father O’Meara has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame and holds law degrees from the University of Wisconsin and New York University. He studied theology at Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His prior legal experience includes working as an assistant district attorney in Milwaukee County, where he second-chaired the prosecution of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer. Father O’Meara has also served as an expert witness on issues of legal ethics. His areas of research include legal ethics, criminal procedure and questions of legal interpretation.

Reem H. Odeh

Attorney Reem Odeh Reem Odeh has been practicing law for 19 years and is a voice for the Arab American community. She is the founder of the Law Offices of Reem Odeh, a boutique firm with three regional locations. Her practices include immigration law, from family-based petitions to appeals of unfavorable decisions to removal defense; family law; criminal law; administrative law; and personal injury. Odeh is an aggressive and skilled litigator practicing in federal, state, and immigration courts. She has represented clients in high-profile cases, including her vital role in the case of People v. Drew Peterson in Will County, Illinois. She has been featured in several books and articles including “I Speak for Myself,” featuring 40 accomplished American Muslim Women under 40; the book “Drew Peterson, Exposed”; and the Muslim American Leadership Alliance (MALA) magazine.

Odeh is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. She is a board member of the Arab American Bar Association and the Cook County Sheriff’s Muslim Advisory Committee. She has worked with Amnesty International and remains active in human r causes and organizations. In 2008, Odeh was nominated as a Delegate for the Democratic National Convention to represent the 13th Congressional District. In 1998, Odeh graduated from Saint Xavier with a double major in psychology and communications and obtained her Juris Doctor degree from John Marshall Law School in 2003.

Jonathan D. Lubin

Jonathan D. Lubin is a former president of the Decalogue Society of Lawyers and the current Chair of the Decalogue Society’s Judicial Evaluation Committee. He is an attorney with 15 years of litigation practice experience zealously and effectively advocating for his clients in constitutional law, civil rights, employment law, including whistleblower litigation, and commercial litigation. Mr. Lubin has an office in Skokie, Illinois, where he is a solo practitioner. He recently represented municipal employees of Naperville, Chicago, and Cook County regarding testing and vaccination requirements pertaining to COVID-1.

He is a graduate of the Chicago Kent-College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology 2008, and he earned an undergraduate B.A. degree in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandies University in 2004.

He has been published in the Decalogue Tablets and the CBA’s @TheBar. Before attending law school, he spent a year at the Rabbinical College of America in Morristown, New Jersey. When he is not managing a busy law practice, he and his wife care for his eight wonderful children. He is presently in the process of seeking rabbinic ordination.

Moderator

Hon.  Edward Washington II (ret.)

Edward Washington is a member of Nixon Peabody’s Commercial Litigation Practice Group. He represents individuals and corporations in a wide variety of matters. Relying upon strong and longstanding relationships developed as a circuit court judge in Cook County for 15 years, Ed provides valuable guidance and strategic advice to counsel and assist clients in managing risk, making difficult decisions and solving complicated problems.