Ada Shen-Jaffe

Distinguished Practitioner in Residence

Biography

Professor Shen-Jaffe has been an active member of the equal justice community at the local, statewide and national levels for over three decades. She currently serves as a Professor from Practice at the Seattle University School of Law, where her duties include teaching frameworks for social justice lawyering, strengthening partnerships between legal education and the equal justice community, and establishing leadership development and support infrastructure models that are consistent with inclusion, diversity and cross-difference competence as justice imperatives.

Professor Shen-Jaffe served as Director of Columbia Legal Services and Evergreen Legal Services, both statewide civil legal aid programs, from 1986 through 2004, managing annual budgets from $7 million to $11 million, and a staff of 90-135 and 11-24 field offices and special projects throughout Washington State. She has been an instrumental partner in the architecture, strategy and politics of civil equal justice since she became a statewide leader in 1981. She has championed numerous initiatives in pursuit of equal justice for the poorest and most disadvantaged individuals and communities in our state (such as mission-based consolidation and restructuring, state funding, LAW Fund and the Endowment for Equal Justice, establishment of the Access to Justice Board and various ATJ committees, etc.), and has helped secure a strong commitment to equal justice by the judicial, executive and legislative branches, the legal profession and the justice system as a whole.

She has served on many boards, commissions and task forces including the ABA Standing Committee on Legal Aid & Indigent Defendants, ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono & Public Service, the Center on Law & Social Policy, the Institute on Race & Poverty, the National Center on Women & Family Law, the National Legal Aid & Defender Association, the Western Regional Training Center, the 1994 Clinton Administration LSC Transition Team and Access to Justice-related committees, boards and task forces, including the ATJ Conference Planning Committee, Law School Relations Committee, Nominating & Leadership Committee and Equal Justice Coalition.

Contact

Seattle University School of Law
Location: SLLH-120
Phone: (206) 398.4161
E-mail: shen.ja@seattleu.edu

Education

  • B.S. Biology, Tufts University,1970
  • M.S. Community Organization and Planning, Honors Program in Social Policy, Columbia University, 1972
  • J.D., Suffolk University Law School, 1975

Courses

  • Advanced Civil Equal Justice Seminar
  • Lawyering for a Just & Humane World