Janaan Hashim, Esq.

From the Desk of Atty. Janaan Hashim

It's a strange mix of law that I practice, but I love it.  I've learned that nothing is more valued in life than second chances and peace of mind.  It is because of this that I love helping people clear their criminal record and why I love being a mediator helping folks bury the hatchet.

For those of you whose criminal record continuously interferes with moving forward, I work to remove those stubborn barriers.  I first listen to you to see what it is you want to get, like a new job, and how your background gets in the way of reaching that goal.  I then look into and analyze your criminal background and discuss with you what options are available.  If your background qualifies for certain  relief, like an expungement, I prepare your petition for the court and at your court hearing, I relentlessly argue before the judge as to why your petition should be granted.  While I cannot guarantee results, I can promise a realistic look at your options and putting up the good fight.

People tell me that it's my calm and peaceful inner-nature and my sense of reason that helps them find an congenial resolution to their problems.  As a trained mediator, I listen to your underlying concerns, bring a fresh look your seemingly impossible impasse, and help you reach an agreeable middle ground.  In the end, my goal is for you to move forward with peace of mind.


Atty. Hashim's Education, Training, and Background


B.A. Degree

Mary Baldwin College, 1989

Major 1: Communications-Broadcasting

Major 2: Sociology-Social Work, With Distincton

Magna Cum Laude
Omicron Delta Kappa
President, Student Government Association


Juris Doctor Degree

DePaul University College of Law, 2005
Cum Laude

Jaharis Academic Scholarship
CALI Excellence Award, Constitutional Process II
CALI Excellence Award, Appellate Brief Writing
Winner, 2003 DePaul Intramural Appellate Moot Court Competition

Trained Mediator, Illinois State Bar Assn., 2014

Trained Divorce Mediator, Northwestern Univ. School of Prof. Studies, 2017


Judicial Intern

Legal Research Division for the Office of the Chief Judge

Circuit Court of Cook County



Assistant Appellate Defender

Office of the Illinois State Appellate Defender, First District


Atty. Hashim's Professional Activity


Bar Admissions

State of Illinois Supreme Court

U.S. District Court of the Northern District of Illinois



Illinois State Bar Association

Chicago Bar Association

National Lawyer's Guild

Muslim Bar Association




Mary Baldwin University Alumni Association, Board Member

Sound Vision Foundation, Board Member

McCormick Theological Seminary, Adjunct Professor

Parliament of the World's Religions, Trustee 2010 - 2016

CAIR-Chicago, Founding Board Member


Community Involvement

Volunteer Attorney, Cabrini Green Legal Aid (2015-present)

Judge, DePaul University Intramural Moot Court Competition (2015)

Judge, Midwest Regional Jessup International Moot Court Competition (2014)

Judge, National Cultural Heritage Law Moot Court Competition (2014)

Judge, National Cultural Heritage Law Moot Court Competition (2012)

Judge, Jessup International Moot Court Competition, Washington, DC (2010)

Select Speaking Engagements

IMAN Power Hour, Turning the Corner: Expungements and Sealing Records (2017)

DePaul University College of Law, Writing for Success (2015)

The John Marshall Law School, Law Practice Management (recurring lecturer since 2014)

Wake Forest University, Everyday Shariah: A Discussion of Islamic Law and American Life (2011)

Chicago Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section, Diversity Committee, Meeting Amal Law Group, (2010)

Parliament of the World's Religions, Melbourne, Australia, The Headscarf Debates: Religious Dress and Secular Fundamentalism (2009)

Ms. JD Annual Conference, Paths to Independence: Starting and Building Your Own Solo Practice (2009)


New Law Broadly Expands Sealing of Criminal RecordsIllinois Bar Journal, Nov. 2017, at 32.

Let's get started on clearing your record!

Ready to mediate your conflict today and move on with life tomorrow?