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Cynthia Shawamreh

Cynthia Shawamreh has been teaching courses as an Autumn Quarter Lecturer in Law at the University of Chicago Law School since 2008.  She will teach a seminar on Hate Crime in the Autumn Quarter of 2015.  Cynthia served as the co-chair of the Subcommittee on Hate Crime and Discrimination against Religious Institutions for the Illinois Advisory Committee of the US Commission on Civil Rights, and is a member of the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Hate Crime Advisory and Prosecution Council.  Cynthia practices law as a Senior Counsel for the City of Chicago’s Department of Law, Finance and Economic Development Division, where she specializes in multi-layered financing transactions designed to provide affordable housing and economic incentives to stimulate job creation. 

Cynthia has also designed and taught the Law School courses Islamic Law and Finance, Introduction to Islamic Law, and Law, Politics, Economics and the Making of the Modern Middle East, each of which has been cross-listed in various departments of the University of Chicago.  She is an affiliate faculty member of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Chicago.

Cynthia’s legal practice and research interests center on social justice and ethical sustainable development in the global economy.