In addition to serving her hometown of Dearborn as Council President, Susan Dabaja is an attorney, mediator and experienced litigator. Since joining the Council, Susan Dabaja continues to practice law in Dearborn.
Susan grew up in the south end of Dearborn, one of five children in her family. She has an innate passion for public service, proven by her commitment to her family, neighbors and tenure as Council President.
Susan Dabaja is proud Edsel Ford graduate(1995) and she is a graduate of the University of Michigan-Dearborn and the University of Detroit-Mercy School of Law where she graduated first in her class and served as Symposium Editor of the Law Review, all while raising a young family. She was the recipient of the Dean’s Scholarship, which was based upon academic excellence and a recipient of the CALI Award – Torts (2002) and Criminal Law (2003). She was an Inductee into the Frank Murphy Honor Society, member of the Moot Court Board of Directors, Quarter-finalist, G. Mennen Williams Moot Court Competition (March 2002), Second-Year Class Vice President (2002-2003), First-Year Class Representative (2001-2002), and member of the Arab/Chaldean Law Students Association (2001-2004), where she served as Treasurer (2003-2004); Vice President (2002-2003) and helped organize panel discussion on Racial Profiling After 9-11 and perspectives on the War with Iraq.
Susan has spent her entire legal career in Dearborn, representing her clients on Civil, Business, Real Estate, Landlord-Tenant, Family, Contracts, Criminal, Immigration, and Bankruptcy law cases. She is a trained mediator, and has over 12 years of courtroom experience in courts across the state of Michigan – district, circuit, and appellate courts.
In 2013, Susan Dabaja was elected President to Dearborn City Council. Her historic victory as a first time candidate and highest vote getter is evidence of her relentless work ethic and commitment.
Susan Dabaja currently co-chairs the Dearborn Education Foundation, serves as Treasurer of the Dearborn Bar Association and is an active member/volunteer in the Dearborn Rotary, Dearborn Goodfellows, CMEAA, neighborhood clean-up initiatives and several other organizations.
Susan Dabaja is passionate about her career and devoted to her family. Susan and her husband Majid have three children: Claudia (18), Joël (13) and Adam (10).