Serbian Bar Association of America
Serbian Bar Association of America
Serbian Bar Association of America

Welcome Night & Slava

The SBAA is pleased to announce two outstanding events this September.  During Welcome Night on September 29, the SBAA will host a reception in honor of HRH Crown Prince Alexander and HRH Crown Princess Katherine of Serbia.  All are encouraged to attend and meet the Royal Family.  Welcome Night will be held at 6 PM at Gallery at Green River, 259 E. Erie, 18th Floor, Chicago (  You can register for Welcome Night here.  The registration deadline is September 23.

On September 16, the SBAA will celebrate our annual Slava honoring our patron Saint Joanikije, the First Serbian Patriarch and Lawgiver.  Slava will be held at 6 PM at Beograd, 2933-39 W. Irving Park Rd., Chicago (  You can register for Slava here.

We hope you will take advantage of the opportunity to meet Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine and get together with other SBAA members and friends at these two great events.


Helen Delich Bentley

The SBAA was saddened to learn that Merit Award recipient Helen Delich Bentley passed away earlier this month.  After becoming a popular reporter and television personality in Baltimore, Helen was offered an appointment to the Federal Maritime Commission in 1969.  Helen memorably refused the appointment until President Nixon made her Chair of the Commission, which she headed from 1969 to 1975. In 1984, Helen was elected to represent Maryland’s Second Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives, and served in Congress until 1995.  As a result of Helen’s tireless advocacy on behalf of the Port of Baltimore, the historic port was renamed in her honor in 2006.  Helen is remembered as a trailblazer in journalism and government.  May her memory be eternal.


2016 SBAA Annual Meeting

The SBAA Annual Meeting will be held July 27 at the University Club of Chicago. Officer and Board elections will be followed by a reception for all SBAA members and friends.  Kindly RSVP to

2016 SBAA Annual Meeting

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

University Club of Chicago

76 East Monroe Street, Chicago, IL 60603

Meeting:  4:30 PM Northwestern Room

Reception:  5:30 PM Monroe Room



George V. Voinovich

The SBAA is saddened by the recent passing of George V. Voinovich. George was universally esteemed for his remarkable career in public service, including as a United States Senator, Governor of Ohio, and Mayor of Cleveland. He is widely credited with the fiscal and economic revitalization of Cleveland during his time as Mayor, and earned a reputation for principled, nonpartisan leadership as Governor and Senator.  For his outstanding achievements as a Serbian-American lawyer and public servant, the SBAA was honored to present George with the Czar Dusan Award. Our thoughts and prayers are with George’s family.  May his memory be eternal.


Scholarship Gala

The SBAA Scholarship Gala will be held Saturday, May 7.

Please join us as we honor Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich with the Czar Dusan Award, and present the Major Richard L. Felman Merit Award to former Consul General Desko Nikitovic.

The Gala will also recognize this year’s outstanding scholarship recipients:

Vania Aksentijevich, Boston College Law School

Branka Cimesa, Cornell Law School

Milena Crevar, The John Marshall Law School

Natasa Glisic, Barry University School of Law

Bogdan Jocic, Ave Maria School of Law

Petar Radujkovich, Emory University School of Law

Andrija Stanojcic, South Texas College of Law

The reception and silent auction begin at 6:30, and will be followed by dinner, awards, and dancing.

We hope you can join us for this exceptional event supporting our scholarship program.


SBAA Networking Reception – November 19

Please join us for a networking reception hosted by the SBAA where there will be great food, company, and the chance to make new SBAA connections.

Date:  Thursday, November 19, 2015
Time:  5:30 p.m.
Location:  Howells & Hood, 435 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
RSVP:  Email by November 12


SAVE THE DATE – May 7, 2016

The 2016 SBAA Scholarship Gala will be held on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at the Park Ridge Country Club. Details to follow.

The Scholarship Application will be posted on the website soon.


SBAA Slava – September 16, 2015

Members and friends of the SBAA – please join us for Slava on Wednesday, September 16.  We will celebrate our patron saint, St. Joanikije, the First Serbian Patriarch and Lawgiver, at Pegasus Restaurant (130 S Halsted).  You can register here. A cocktail reception will begin at 5:30, followed by dinner.  Please bring your friends and family along with.  Hope to see you there!


SBAA Annual Meeting June 30

The SBAA will hold its annual meeting on June 30.  We will discuss plans for the upcoming year, and hold Officer and Board Elections.  All are welcome.  Nominations for the Board may be submitted to  The Annual Meeting will be held at 20 S. Clark Street, Suite 2050, Chicago, IL at 5:30 P.M.. Afterwards, we will celebrate with a reception.  We hope you can come join us, and network with fellow SBAA members and friends.