Civil rights attorney ShawnTe Raines-Welch to seek 4th Sub-Circuit judgeship


Civil rights attorney ShawnTe Raines-Welch announced her candidacy with Nicholas Kantas for two vacancies as a judge in the Cook County 4th Sub-Circuit election on June 28, 2022. Here is a profile of Raines-Welch.

By Ray Hanania

Civil rights attorney ShawnTe Raines-Welch announced her candidacy for one of two vacancies for a judge in Cook County’s 4th Sub-Circuit in the June 28 election.

Raines-Welch specializes in legal work for municipal governments, including cities, school districts, park districts, and other local taxpayer-funded public bodies at an established municipal law firm. She has defended police officers in frivolous civil rights cases and established zero-tolerance policies for school districts.

A 2009 graduate of John Marshall Law School, Raines-Welch began her legal career as a plaintiff’s attorney handling personal injury claims involving motor vehicle accidents, premises liability, FELA claims and others. general offences.

“As a longtime resident of the area and a graduate of Proviso West High School, I have strong ties to our local community and understand the challenges our families face every day,” Raines-Welch said. .

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Civil Rights Lawyer ShawnTe Raines-Welch

“As a front-line customer service worker at Target and working through school to become a successful lawyer litigating complex legal cases, I have seen firsthand the issues facing our families through multiple lenses and I want to use these experiences to better reflect our community on the bench.

Since becoming a defense attorney, her experience has expanded to include defending civil rights litigation, as well as labor and employment law matters.

She has successfully defended claims filed with the Illinois Department of Human Rights, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the Federal District Court under Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, age discrimination employment law, and claims arising from other constitutional violations pursuant to 42 USC. §1983. Throughout her experience, she has successfully negotiated settlements and arbitrated cases.

Raines-Welch said she initially pursued a business degree, but eventually followed her father’s hopes of becoming a lawyer.

“Finishing in law school was more of a journey than a decision. From childhood, my father said I would be a lawyer. Of course, when it was time to go to college, I rebelled and I went to business school instead,” said Raines-Welch, who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in marketing from UIC in 2004 before studying law at the prestigious John Marshall Law School.

His experience covers many aspects representing plaintiffs and defendants.

“During my legal practice, about half of my cases have been argued in federal court. The majority of these cases involved alleged civil rights violations,” Raines-Welch said.

“I have participated in all aspects of litigation in Federal Court, including the practice of decisive motions and pre-trial settlement conferences.”

Raines-Welch is married to Emanuel Chris Welch, the president of Illinois House, and they have two children, Tyler and Marley.

Raines-Welch is running for a vacancy in the 4th Cook County Judicial Sub-Circuit, filling the position vacated by Patrick Rogers. The 4th Sub-Circuit includes 37 municipalities, including Bridgeview, Oak Lawn, Palos Heights, Lyons and Willow Springs in all of Lyons, Riverside and Stickney townships, and parts of Leyden (western half), Palos (northeastern half) , Proviso (western and southern half) and the townships of Worth (northwestern half). A map of the district is listed at

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