Name: Purvi Shah

Professional Title: Bertha Social Justice Institute Director

Affiliation: Center for Constitutional Rights

Country: United States

Title of Presentation: The Bertha Foundation Be Just Network: Models of Social Justice Lawyering

Short Bio: Purvi directs the Bertha Social Justice Institute at the Center for Constitutional Rights, a new training institute committed to building a new generation of movement lawyers in the United States. Purvi has over a decade of experience as an activist, organizer, attorney and law professor. In 2006, she co-founded the Community Justice Project at Florida Legal Services and spent six years supporting the community and worker movements of tenants, public housing residents, immigrants and taxi drivers. From 2007-2011, Purvi served as a clinical law professor at the University of Miami, School of Law, where she co-founded and co-directed the Community Lawyering Clinic. Over the years, Purvi has become a regularly featured panelist and trainer on the connection between law and organizing. Prior to becoming an attorney, Purvi worked as a community organizer with youth in Miami, students in India and families of incarcerated youth in California.