Purvi Shah, Esq.

Purvi Shah, Esq.

Legal Innovator, Movement Lawyer, Law Professor and Community Organizer; Founder, Movement Law Lab and Co-Founder, Law4BlackLives (Baltimore, Maryland)

Purvi Shah has over a decade of experience as a legal innovator, movement lawyer, law professor and community organizer. Purvi is the founder of Movement Law Lab, an innovation, strategy, action hub for racial justice lawyers. the mission of the Lab is to surface and accelerate legal innovations that democratize law, connect law to grassroots organizing, and use law to shift power to directly-impacted communities. Purvi is also the co-founder of Law4BlackLives, a national network of 3,000 lawyers dedicated to using law to support the Black Lives Matter movement.

From 2012-2016, Purvi was the Bertha Justice Institute Director at the Center for Constitutional Rights where her work focused on deepening the theory and practice of movement lawyering across the United States and the world. Prior to that, Purvi co-founded the Community Justice Project at Florida Legal Services where she litigated on behalf of taxi drivers, tenants, public housing residents, and immigrants from six years. During that time, she also was also Co-Director of the Community Lawyering Clinic at the University of Miami School of Law.

Purvi has also worked as a community organizer with youth in Miami, students in India and families of incarcerated youth in California. She received her J.D in 2006 from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law and her B.A from Northwestern University.