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Riya Shah

Lecturer in Law

Riya Saha Shah joined Juvenile Law Center in September 2005 as the fourth Sol and Helen Zubrow Fellow in Children's Law. While at Juvenile Law Center, Riya has represented youth in dependency court, researched and written amicus briefs and conducted trainings for child-serving professionals. Riya also coauthored several publications, including a manual on child abuse reporting, a manual on minor's health care rights, a monograph on minors' rights against self incrimination, and guides to juvenile records and expungement for attorneys and youth.


Prior to being awarded the Zubrow fellowship, Riya graduated cum laude from Loyola University Chicago School of Law in May 2005, where she was a Civitas ChildLaw Fellow. At Loyola, Riya was an active member of the Public Interest Law Society, the president of the ChildLaw Society, and Editor-in-Chief of The Children's Legal Rights Journal, a legal journal published with the ABA Center on Children and the Law and the National Association of Counsel for Children. Riya is a graduate of University of Michigan Ann Arbor where she earned her B.A. in Psychology and American Culture. Riya also was a former Teach for America Corps member in Jersey City, New Jersey where she taught second grade, and a bilingual third grade teacher in Detroit, Michigan.


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