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Muslim Attorney Named 2023 Woman of the Year by Enquirer

  • The newspaper’s Women of the Year award is bestowed on women who made Cincinnati a better place to live and work.
  • Roula Allouch made the list as she is recognized for her work with national advocacy organizations
  • She is a trial attorney at Bricker Graydon law firm and civil rights activist

A leading American newspaper has named Muslim attorney Roula Allouch among 10 exceptional women chosen for the 2023 Women of the Year Award in recognition of her efforts with national advocacy organizations.

“Allouch is a trial attorney at the Bricker Graydon law firm. Her passion for protecting civil rights, especially for Muslim Americans, led to positions with national advocacy organizations, including chair of the American Bar Association’s Center for Human Rights and former chair of the Council on American-Islamic Relations’ national board,” the paper wrote.

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“Roula has been fiercely true to who she is, always advocating for others who may or may not be the same as her,” her nominator added.

Named among 10 exceptional women, Allouch will join the over 500 women recognized for excellence in Greater Cincinnati since 1968.

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That is the 55th year of the annual Enquirer Women of the Year award, created to celebrate local women who contribute to their communities through philanthropy, investing their time and effort to improve the lives of others.

Who Is Roula Allouch?

Allouch’s parents were born in Syria. They immigrated to the US in the early 70s after her father finished medical school in Damascus. Later on, she was born in Wisconsin.

Allouch is an active member of the legal community and the community at large. 

Currently, she serves as Chair of the National Board of Directors of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the nation’s largest civil rights and advocacy group for the American Muslim community.

She is also the Chair of the American Bar Association’s Center for Human Rights and serves on the leadership council for the Association’s Section for Civil Rights and Social Justice.

Allouch has been recognized as a Daughter of Greatness by the Muhammad Ali Center and serves on the Center’s Board of Directors. She is also a faculty member of the Islamic Seminary of America.

She has a passion for the arts and recently joined the Leadership Committee for the Over-The-Rhine International Film Festival.