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Curriculum Vitae of Judge William James Haddad (Ret.)


Judge William James Haddad (Ret.)

Judge William James Haddad (Ret.)

  • Graduate, St. Ignatius College Preparatory High School, Chicago, IL
  • B.S./B.A., Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI
  • Juris Doctorate, De Paul University School of Law, Chicago, IL
  • Diplomat of Trial Advocacy, Court Practice Institute (A. Morrill), Chicago, IL
  • Certificates of Advocacy, ITLA College of Advocacy & NITA



  • Judge, Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois
  • Adjunct Professor, Trial Advocacy, John Marshall School of Law, Chicago, IL.
  • Former Assistant State’s Attorney of Cook County, IL (Felony Trial Division)
  • Past Partner, Haddad, Schlack & Assoc., Chicago. IL (Civil Litigation)
  • Past (founding) Director, United Bancorp, United Trust Bank of Bridgeview, IL
  • Past (founding) President, United States Mutual Association, Inc.



  • Licensed Attorney, State of Illinois (37 years)
  • Supreme Court of Illinois
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • United States Court of Appeals
  • Federal District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • National District Attorneys Association
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of American
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association



  • Past President, West Suburban Bar Association
  • Past President (founder), Suburban Bar Coalition of Cook County, Illinois
  • Past President (founder), Arab American Bar Association of Illinois
  • Past President & Scholarship Chair, Kiwanis Club of Riverside, Illinois
  • Past Chair, Legal Affairs, Mayor’s Advisory Council On Arab Affairs
  • Past Chair, Mayor’s Task Force on Arab American Affairs
  • Past Chair, Illinois Law Consortium for Palestinian Legal Education (via USAID)
  • Vice-President, Arab American Business & Professional Association (1995-2003)
  • Past Chair, Crime Prevention Awards Committee, Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce (1986-1997)
  • Past Chair, Arab-American Religious Leaders of Chicago (ARC)
  • Supreme Court Capital Litigation Trial Bar Screening Committee (2002-2003)
  • Governor’s Anti-Terrorism Transition Task Force, 2002 (Hate Crime Prevention Plan)
  • Vice Chair, Board of Visitors, Northern Illinois University School of Law
  • Graduate Advisory Board, Robert Morris College
  • Moraine Valley Community College Foundation
  • Our Lady of Lebanon Catholic Church (former board member)



  • 2010 Honorary Alumnus Award, Northern Illinois University College of Law
  • 2009 Annual Award for Excellence in the Field of Law, St. Ignatius College Prep
  • Board of Governors Professional Service Award, Illinois State Bar Association (2001)
  • Leadership Award for 2004, Advisory Council to Chicago Human Relations Commission
  • Crime Stoppers Special Recognition Award for 2003, Crime Stoppers of Illinois
  • Distinguished Service Award, Suburban Bar Coalition of Cook County
  • Distinguished Service Award, Arab-American Bar Association (2003)
  • Man of the Year Award, Midwest Federation of Syrian-Lebanon Clubs (2000)
  • President’s Award for 2003, Phoenician Club of Chicago
  • Distinguished Service Award, Arab American Professional Assoc & Caucus (2003)
  • Community Leadership Award for 2004, Muslim Bar Association
  • Cedar Award for 2004, Chicago Lebanese Club
  • Chicago Daily Law Bulletin Annual Judges Symposium, Examining How We Can
    Improve the Litigation Process in Illinois


  • Illinois Courts Consider Right to Jury Service, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin (1/9/12)
  • Forum on Civil Litigation – Empty Chair Defense, Northwest Suburban Bar, (10/11/12)
  • 7th Circuit Develops New E-Discovery for Illinois Courts, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin (8/27/12)
  • National Business Institute – Judicial Forum, Civil Trial Litigation, 6/8/12 & 6/24/10, Chicago, IL.
  • Electronic Evidence, Illinois State Bar Assoc. CLE, May 4, 2012
  • Illinois Courts Consider Right to Jury Service, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin (1/9/12)
  • Breaking Barrier, Building Bridges Conference, Chicago Bar Assoc. CLE Seminar 10/09 & 10/11
  • Sole Proximate Cause: The “Empty Chair” Defense in Illinois, Illinois Bar Journal, Vol. 99, March, 2011
  • Greater Diversity in the Judiciary, Illinois State Bar Assoc Diversity Leadership Council, 10/28/10
  • Anatomy of a Trial, Illinois State Bar Association Tort Law Section, 04/30/10
  • Ethics and Professionalism for Prosecutors, Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, March 26, 2010.
  • Proximate Cause Issues in Medical Malpractice Cases, Illinois Trial Lawyers Assoc. Dec. 5, 2010
  • Contributions of Ancient Phoenician Civilization to the World, Our Lady of Lebanon Banquet, 11/22/10
  • Trial Practice Overview, West Suburban Bar Assoc., April 13, 2009
  • Video Surveillance in Private Sector – Rights & Duties, Illinois Assoc. of Chiefs of Police 10/2/08
  • Authenticating E-Mail Evidence, Illinois Bar Journal, Vol. 96, May, 2008; (Cited Columbia Science and Technology Law Review, Vol. X, 2009, and Lex Electronica, Revue du Centre de recherché en droit public, Vol. 124, n 2 (Automne/Fall 2009), University of Montreal
  • Damage Photos & Experts, Illinois Bar Journal, Vol. 94, November, 2006
  • Judicial Perspective on Settlements & Liens, Illinois Trial Lawyers Assoc. February 20, 2006 & May 6, 2006, and Southwest Suburban Bar Association, Seminar, April 18, 2007
  • Ethics, Leadership & Community Networking, Robert Morris College, October 31, 2006
  • Crawford, The Public-Records Hearsay Exception, Illinois Bar Journal, Vol. 93, Aug., 2005 (& CBA Seminar 5/26/05)
  • Challenging Property Seizures Under Illinois Civil Asset Forfeiture Law, Illinois Bar Journal,Vol. 92, July, 2004 (Reprinted Westlaw)
  • Impact of September 11th, Illinois State Bar Constitutional Law Newsltr, Vol.29/Sept/2002
  • Governmental War Measures After 9/11, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (02), Anti-Defamation League of Chicago (02), Marshall Law School, Arab-American Democratic Club, cited @ Human Rights Watch, N.Y. (11/03) (Reprinted Arab-Amer. Bar Assoc @,)
  • Anti-Terrorism Act of 1995 & Secret Evidence. International Law Section, ABA Convention, Chicago (08/01)
  • White Paper on Hate Crimes, Media Presentment @ CBA, Chicago (9/26/01),
    (Reprinted ABA Council on Racial/Ethnic Justice, Philadelphia (02/02)
  • When Innocent are Made Victim, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin (5/1/02)
  • International Law Program of Northern Illinois School of Law, Bordeaux School of Law, Agen, France (07/98)
  • Arrest, Search & Seizure, Cook County Sheriff Police Science Instruction (1974)
  • Various Cultural, Community, Keynote Addresses, and Guest Lectures:

-University of Wisconsin Law School LEO Keynote address, 4/12/08
-Loyola School of Law, Legal Ethics address to incoming class of 2003
-Other Law Schools: Northern Illinois, I.I.T. Kent, and Marshall (Adjunct Professor)
-Lectures to Bar Groups: Arab American Bar Association, Chicago Bar Association, Illinois TrialLawyer’s Association, Illinois State Bar Association, West Suburban Bar Association, Southwest Suburban Bar Association.
-Community & Ethnic Groups, Schools, and Organizations: Ongoing