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PURVI SHAH

Founder & Executive Director

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

Purvi is also an experienced legal innovator who 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.

In 2006, Purvi co-founded the Community Justice Project of Florida Legal Services, Miami's first movement lawyering shop. There, she represented taxi drivers, tenant unions, public housing residents, and immigrants rights groups. From 2007-2011 Purvi also was an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Miami School of Law, teaching a year-long clinic on Community Lawyering.

Purvi is best-known for being an effective multiplier and a skilled trainer/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.

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 an Echoing Green Fellowship, Soros Equality Fellowship, Harvard Law School Wasserstein Fellowship,  Miami Foundation Fellowship, and a New Voices Fellowship. She is also the recipient of the East Bay Community Law Center’s Justice Award, the ACLU of Florida's Rodney Thaxton Award for Racial Justice and the Community Justice Project’s Community Defender Award. 

Purvi’s work has been featured on MSNBC, the Nation, the Miami Herald, and the Daily Business Review.

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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