12 Arab Women You Should Know // Charlene Mekled Elder

Charlene Elder is a judge of the 3rd Circuit Court (Family Division) in Wayne County, Michigan. She was appointed to the court by former Governor Jennifer Granholm in December 2005 and assumed office in January 2006. Elder was then elected to the court in 2006 and re-elected in 2008, for a full six-year term ending on January 1, 2015. On November 4, 2014, Elder was re-elected unopposed for another six-year term commencing on January 1, 2015, and expiring on December 31, 2020.

Elder is the first Arab-American female judge on the 3rd Circuit Court. She is also the first female, Arab-American, and Muslim judge in the country.