Women in the Law

Practicing on Faith

Posted Feb 28, 2008 4:55 PM CDT
By Jill Schachner Chanen

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In an unassuming office park in a quiet Chicago suburb, six lawyers are planning a revolution. The six are American women of the Muslim faith, and they have started what they believe is a first-of-its-kind law firm. They hope to change the way others think about their religion and culture, as well as the way law can be practiced.

“The pictures you see in the media of Muslim wom­en are of very shrouded, very oppressed women,” says Janaan Hashim. “That is not us ... not what our faith advocates. We have a great opportunity to overcome the odds in a very pluralistic, very accepting society.”

Launched last fall, the Amal Law Group in Palos Heights, Ill., is named after the Arabic word for hope, the partners say. The firm represents their hope for themselves and their community. Read the full ABA Journal story.

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