National Meeting of State Access to Justice Commission Chairs

Reena Shah

A long-time advocate of social justice and social change, Reena is the executive director of the Maryland Access to Justice Commission, where she is charged with building a strong and sustainable future for the Commission and implementing programs that increase access and quality of justice for all Marylanders. Prior to this, she 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. Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), in a local Kenyan non-governmental organization, and as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Nepal.

Reena 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 with the Diane Kinslow Award at Maryland Legal Aid for outstanding service to her clients and as a "Leading Woman" by the Daily Record. Reena is married with three children. She loves to travel and embraces adventure.