Rouhy Shalabi (’81) was elected an Associate Judge of Cook County. Prior to being elected, Judge Shalabi spent thirty-five years as a sole practitioner as the founder of Rouhy J. Shalabi & Associates. He has litigated numerous civil and criminal trials, recovered millions of dollars in personal injury matters, reached just resolutions in divorce matters, and closed on hundreds of residential and commercial properties.
Judge Shalabi has been active in the community for decades. In 2002, he was appointed by Mayor Richard M. Daley as the first Arab-American Commissioner to the City of Chicago Park District and was one of the longest standing commissioners in the history of Chicago.
He was also the first Arab-American appointed to the Board of Commissioners, Chicago Commission on Human Relations. He served as the first President of the City of Chicago Advisory Council on Arab Affairs, and is a founding member and former President of the Arab-American Bar Association.
In addition, Judge Shalabi served as a member of the Circuit Court of Cook County Racial and Ethnic Committee, the State’s Attorney’s Hate Crimes Commission, the Multi-Cultural Advisory Committee on the Media, the Family Violence Prevention Council, and is President of two Chicago Local School Councils.
Judge Shalabi has been interviewed and appeared on numerous media outlets regarding his legal expertise, including: CBS, NBC, ABC, WGN, Public Television, Arabic Television, CNN, FOX, CNBC, Arabic Radio, ABC Radio, WLS, WGN, WBBM, WMAQ, WIND, WVON, and PBS.