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Legal Trends: Are Justice Reforms in Maryland Working?

Oct. 19, 2022

10 a.m.


Sponsored by:



Reena Shah
Reena Shah
Executive Director,
Maryland Access to Justice Commission

Reena Shah:

A longtime advocate of social justice and social change, Reena Shah has served as executive director of the Maryland Access to Justice Commission (A2JC) since November 2015. She was recently named by Attorney General Brian Frosh to chair the legislatively mandated Access to Counsel in Evictions Task Force and previously served as the vice chair of the Maryland attorney general’s COVID-19 Access to Justice Task Force. A2JC unites leaders to drive reforms and innovations to make the civil justice system accessible, equitable and fair for all Marylanders. Under Shah’s leadership, the A2JC has grown its visibility, influence and capacity through its institutional partnership with the MSBA and other high-level partnerships, including with the Office of the Attorney General.

Prior to coming to A2JC, Shah was a staff attorney in the Housing and Consumer Law Unit and then the first director of the Human Rights Project at Maryland Legal Aid. She went to law school after a few years in public policy and international development, during which period she worked on Capitol Hill for U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), in a local Kenyan nongovernmental organization, and as a Peace Corps volunteer in Nepal.

Shah earned a B.A. from The George Washington University, an M.P.A. from Princeton University, and a J.D. from University of Maryland Carey Law School. Reena is active in her community, having served on the boards of the Women’s Law Center of Maryland and Maryland Carey Law School. She was recognized by the Daily Record in 2021 as one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women and is the recipient of the Diane Kinslow Award at Maryland Legal Aid for outstanding service to her clients and The Daily Record’s Leading Women award. Shah is married with three children. She loves to travel and embraces adventure.

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