Maryland Legal Aid staff attorney Reena K. Shah, who joined the Housing/Consumer Law Unit in Baltimore in 2008, was one of The Daily Record‘s 50 Leading Women honored last night in Baltimore. The honorees are all 40 or younger who are accomplished in their careers, involved in the community and show a commitment to making change.
Shah, 34, concentrates on housing in her legal work, representing clients dealing with eviction or other residential problems. “It’s about trying to deal with people in a very human way,” she said.
Throughout her career, Shah has shown a commitment to human rights, volunteering in AmeriCorps and later the Peace Corps in Nepal. She is currently launching a U.S. chapter of an Indian nonprofit, Odanadi, which rescues victims of India’s illegal sex trade.
Shah was unable to attend last night’s event. Accepting her award was Legal Aid executive director Wilhelm Joseph (right in the photo, along with the Daily Record’s publisher and president, Christopher A. Eddings).