Biography

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Anne Shaw is a longtime Chicago homeowner, wife, small-business owner, a civil rights attorney and a community activist. Born the daughter of immigrants, Anne has spent the last two decades fighting for the rights of all Chicago families - those born here and those born elsewhere - and to help make Chicago a safer place for our families and businesses. She and her husband, Matt, live in East Village/Wicker Park Chicago where they are both active with family life and community service.

Anne’s parents are immigrants and as a child she did not speak any English. When she entered Illinois public schools in first grade, she benefited from a fully funded public school education and was fortunate to have a speech therapist who taught her English. By the end of first grade she was winning spelling bees.

Anne graduated from DePaul University and earned her law degree from Illinois Institute of Technology-Chicago Kent College of Law. Anne has always cared about our state and our families and as a result served on many boards and volunteered in organizations that worked to improve Chicago and Illinois. Currently, Anne serves on the boards of the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois, the East Village Association, and the Midwest Asian Health Association, which serves the mental and health care needs of low income families in the Chicagoland communities. She is also a member of Impact 100 Chicago Women Empowering Change, the Chicago Grand Neighborhood Association, the Ukrainian Neighborhood Association, and the Co-Chair of the West Town Public Safety Committee.

Anne served for many years as a Commissioner on the Cook County Board of Ethics. She was the first person appointed to that position that was a first generation child of immigrants.

Anne founded the first pro-bono legal clinic in Chicago’s Chinatown back in 2011 and today it has served thousands of local residents and underserved immigrants in Chicago and the collar counties. She was honored by Chicago Volunteer Legal Services and IIT Chicago-Kent for her work.

Anne has also been invited to speak to numerous organizations, including as a plenary panelist for the National Association of Women Lawyers, as a Keynote Speaker for DePaul University and many other organizations. Anne is also regularly invited to teach other attorneys business and financial law. In 2008, she was named one of the top lawyers under 40 to watch in Chicago by Chicago Law Bulletin and Chicago Lawyer. 

This year Anne was honored by Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx for her dedication and commitment to the community.