Tools for Transformative Justice

Shaking the Foundations is a conference that brings together the Bay Area progressive legal community to discuss present and future issues within the movement, explore the role of young lawyers, and encourage attendees to work toward social and environmental justice. The goal of Shaking the Foundations is to connect, inspire, and educate those who want to pursue public interest goals and careers. After a year hiatus, the conference returns for a fourteenth year to feature panels and workshops highlighting Tools for Transformative Justice - the strategies and tactics for creating social and environmental change.

Networking Opportunities

Shaking the Foundations is more than just panels and workshops, there are two networking programs built into the conference schedule that will connect and practitioners. Friday evening features a cocktail hour, where students can mingle and meet with practitioners while enjoying drinks and appetizers. During the event students will also have the opportunity to sit down with professionals for one-on-one mentoring sessions lasting 15 - 20 minutes. The following day, we will be hosting an organization fair from 12:15 pm - 2 pm where students will have a chance to learn more different organizations and practice areas.

Once you register, keep an eye out for a sign-up for the one-on-one mentoring!

Bay Area Students

Shakings is a forum for connecting and building the social justice movement across schools. We hope you'll join us in making this a successful and inspiring event! Please fill out this form to request housing and we will get back to you a week before the conference with more information.

If you are interested in reaching out to other students at your school please contact Lucia Roibal at


We need you! Both of the networking events described above offer great opportunities to meet students who are interested in pursuing public interest law. Just a little of your time provides students with invaluable insight that is vital to providing an informed view of life after law school. Such a view will help students stay the course as they navigate careers dedicated to social justice and public interest. Please RSVP if you're able to attend either or both events, or contact Stacy Villalobos at with any questions. (Note: We will waive the registration fee for the conference if you agree to participate in either of the networking events).

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2013 Keynote Speaker: Purvi Shah

Purvi Shah is the Director of the Social Justice Institute at the Center for Constitutional Rights. For the last decade, Purvi has worked for economic and racial justice at various civil rights, organizing, legal, and policy organizations across the country. In 2006, Purvi launched the Community Justice Project (CJP) at Florida Legal Services, to provide legal, policy and training support to community and worker organizations in Miami. There she gained experience working collaboratively with community organizers to represent tenant unions combating slum conditions in rental housing, public housing residents challenging the destruction of 850 units of public housing, tenants in foreclosed properties challenging illegal bank evictions, and taxi drivers fighting to improve their working conditions.

A former CCR Ella Baker, Purvi has also been engaged in teaching, training and building the next generation of movement lawyers since she graduated from law school. At the CJP, Purvi created and directed the Social Justice Summer (SJS) Program, a 10-week summer institute that trains progressive law students on the theory and practice of community lawyering. From 2007 to 2011, Purvi also served as a clinical law professor at the University of Miami's School of Law, where she co-directed the Community Lawyering Clinic. Over the years, Purvi has become a regularly featured panelist and trainer on community lawyering, conducting numerous state and national trainings for law students and young lawyers.

Purvi received her J.D. from Boalt Hall School of Law at University of California, Berkeley (2006) and her dual B.S. in Social Policy and Political Science from Northwestern University (2002). Prior to becoming an attorney, Ms. Shah was a community organizer who worked with working-class youth in Miami, students in India, and families of incarcerated youth in California.