Cynthia Shawamreh 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 support job creation and retention. Ms. Shawamreh has also been teaching courses as a Lecturer in Law at the University of Chicago Law School since 2008. She has designed and taught the Law School seminar courses Islamic Law and Finance, Introduction to Islamic Law, Law, Politics, Economics and the Making of the Modern Middle East, and Hate Crime, each of which has been cross-listed in various departments of the University of Chicago. Ms. Shawamreh is an affiliate faculty member of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Chicago.
Ms. Shawamreh served as the co-chair of the Subcommittee on Hate Crime and Discrimination against Religious Institutions for the Illinois Advisory Committee of the United States Commission on Civil Rights which resulted in a report co-authored by students and faculty at the Law School’s International Human Rights Clinic and published in the spring of 2015. In December of 2015, Ms. Shawamreh led an International Immersion Program trip for the Law School to Qatar, Bahrain and the UAE which met with practicing attorneys, academics, judges, arbitrators, banks and government officials.
Ms. Shawamreh’s legal practice and interests include social justice and sustainable economic development in a global context.