Nilam Sanghvi is the Legal Director of the Pennsylvania Innocence Project, where her responsibilities include the development and litigation of wrongful convictions cases at the trial and appellate levels as well as teaching the Innocence Project practicum at the Drexel University Earle Mack School of Law. Nilam has just completed a two-year clinical teaching fellowship in the Appellate Litigation Program at the Georgetown University Law Center, where she supervised students litigating appeals in the Supreme Court, federal courts of appeals, District of Columbia Court of Appeals, and the Board of Immigration Appeals, argued cases before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (including one case before the Court sitting en banc), assisted with teaching the clinic’s appellate practice seminar, and judged moot courts for Georgetown’s Supreme Court Institute. Prior to her fellowship, Nilam was a lawyer in private practice at firms in New York, Washington, DC, and Philadelphia, most recently as a partner at Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP, where her practice focused on appellate, antitrust, and commercial litigation. She also served as a law clerk for Judge William B. Shubb in the Eastern District of California and Judge Thomas L. Ambro on the Third Circuit.
Nilam is a trustee of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation, which provides grants and programming for Philadelphia’s legal services organizations, and is the co-chair of the Board Observer Program, which affords young lawyers the opportunity to sit as observers on non-profit boards. In 2010, Nilam received the Harrison Award, Schnader’s annual award for a commitment to pro bono work, and was named a Lawyer on the Fast Track by The Legal Intelligencer. In 2011, she was named a Rising Star in civil litigation defense by Super Lawyers. Nilam received a B.A. in Political Science from Columbia University in 1999, a J.D., cum laude, from the Georgetown University Law Center in 2002, and an L.L.M. in advocacy from Georgetown in 2013. While in Georgetown’s J.D. program, Nilam participated in the Appellate Litigation Clinic and was the administrative editor of the American Criminal Law Review.