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PURVI SHAH

Founder & Executive Director

An experienced movement lawyer and entrepreneur, Purvi founded Movement Law Lab to seed a new generation of legal problem-solvers to tackle America's toughest justice challenges. 

A prolific legal innovator, Purvi has founded numerous ground-breaking legal projects during her career. In 2015, in the aftermath of the Ferguson uprisings, Purvi co-founded Law For Black Lives, a national network of 3,500 lawyers committed to using law to build a world where #BlackLivesMatter. 

Prior to that, Purvi was the founding Director of the Bertha Justice Institute at the Center for Constitutional Rights, the nation's first movement lawyering institute. While there, Purvi trained thousands of emerging lawyers on movement lawyering and helped build a a global network of movement lawyers in 16 countries.

Purvi also has significant experience as a civil rights lawyer and policy advocate. In 2006, Purvi co-founded the Community Justice Project of Florida Legal Services, Miami's first movement lawyering shop. For six years, she represented taxi drivers, tenant unions, public housing residents, and immigrants rights groups. While there Purvi also was an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Miami School of Law, teaching courses on Community Lawyering.

Purvi is best-known for being an effective multiplier and a skilled coach. From lecturing at law schools across the country to advising dozens of legal organizations on movement lawyering, Purvi has been building and training a new generation of movement lawyers. Purvi's work over the last decade has been largely responsible for the reinvigoration of dialogue and momentum around movement lawyering across the United States.

Prior to becoming a lawyer, Purvi worked as a community organizer with youth in Miami, students in India, and families of incarcerated youth in California.

For her work, Purvi has been awarded a Soros Equality Fellowship, Harvard Law School Wasserstein Fellowship,  Miami Foundation Fellowship, and a New Voices Fellowship. She is also the recipient of the ACLU of Florida's Rodney Thaxton Award for Racial Justice and a Community Defender Award. 

Purvi holds a BA in Political Science and Social Policy from Northwestern University and an JD from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law. 

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