Lawyer Group's New Head Urges Members To Be Activists

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The new head of the Chicago Bar Association says the organization should be playing a pivotal role in helping the city and Cook County through these troubling times.

Maryam Ahmad has just assumed leadership of the Chicago Bar Association and is already challenging the 18,000 members to take a stand on fighting injustice, even if they don’t all share political philosophies.

“Lawyers take an oath to defend the constitution and to represent their clients zealously. But that doesn’t mean you don’t show up, that doesn’t mean you don’t fight the fight. That doesn’t mean you stand by and watch inequity,” Ahmad said.

She said she wants more attorney to reach out to struggling communities. She says members should tackle issues like red-lining and disparities in health care.

Ahmad heads the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Juvenile Justice Bureau. She is the third African-American woman to lead the Chicago Bar Association.

Ahmad is the guest on “At Issue,” which airs 9:30 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. Sunday.