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Maryam Judar

Executive Director at Citizen Advocacy Center
Elmhurst, Illinois
Maryam Judar serves as Executive Director and Community Lawyer at the Citizen Advocacy Center, a nonprofit, nonpartisan, community-based legal organization with a mission to build democracy in the 21st century. In addition to implementing long-range strategy to achieve the Center's mission and providing leadership in developing programs, she answers legal questions, helps community groups organize; monitors local governments for abuse of power, and speaks out against anti-democratic laws, policies, and practices. Most recently, she reported on how the decentralized nature of local electoral boards causes systemic barriers to voter access to the ballot and suppresses voter choice. Maryam serves as regular source for Chicago Tribune, Daily Herald, Northwest Herald, WBEZ, WDCB and more.

Maryam has assisted with citizen concerns about affordable housing, economic development, ethics, First Amendment violations, lobbying, property tax appeals, racial profiling, redistricting, school district bilingual education policies, special service tax areas, tax increment financing, and zoning, to name a handful. She advocates on many local and state policy issues, including campaign finance, civic education, the Open Meetings Act, the Freedom of Information Act, the Election Code, and economic development.

About Me

What publications have you contributed to?
Illinois Civic Blueprint, Chapter 5, Advocacy and Policy
Robert R. McCormick Foundation
May 2013

The Challenges of Ballot Access and the Challenges Therein
DePaul Journal for Social Justice
April 2013

he Goals of Democracy and Those of Economic Development: Bridging the Two While Valuing Public Participation
DuPage County Bar Association Brief
May 1, 2012

Illinois Civic Health Index 2010
National Conference on Citizenship
January 2010


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School Degree Graduation Year
The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences M.P.H., Peace Corps Master's Internationalist Student 1999
University of California, Los Angeles - School of Law J.D. 2005
Northwestern University B.A., Anthropology 1993

Contact Information

Citizen Advocacy Center

182 N York St
Elmhurst, IL 60126