Chief of Staff and External Affairs
Dipal Shah is chief of staff and external affairs at the Center for Court Innovation. In this role Mr. Shah leads the coordination and execution of several organization-wide initiatives, while also overseeing the Center’s government relations, external affairs, communications, and development departments. Mr. Shah previously served as the Center’s director of strategic partnerships. Before that, as Midtown Community Court’s director, Mr. Shah led court based staff in providing alternatives to incarceration to tens of thousands of people every year in the Midtown Manhattan region. Prior to joining the Center, Mr. Shah was director of policy development and programming at the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy, where he worked with legal scholars, policy leaders, and all branches of government on advancing legal policy. An admitted attorney, Mr. Shah also practiced law at several nationally recognized law firms. Mr. Shah is a cum laude graduate of the American University, Washington College of Law, where he was editor of the Administrative Law Review. He is a graduate, with honors, of Northwestern University. Mr. Shah has spoken on issues ranging from justice reform, access to justice, diversity, LGBT, labor, and employment. He was a participant in Coro Leadership NY XXVII and was selected as one of the “Best 40 Lawyers under 40” by the National LGBT Bar Association in 2013. He currently serves on the board of directors for the Times Square Alliance and as a mentor for the Point Foundation. His writing has appeared in the Advocate online and in various journals.