Roopal Shah, '95, assistant dean for international affairs, combines U.S. litigation experience with an international development and social-change perspective.
Shah previously served as an associate at Shearman & Sterling in Washington, D.C., on trademark, anti-dumping, white-collar crime, and anti-trust matters, and was on a trial team that won a $150-million-dollar jury award. As an assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of California, she conducted dozens of bail hearings, pre-trial motions, jury trials, investigations, and appeals.
Prior to working at Shearman & Sterling, Shah clerked for Federal District Court Judge David Alan Ezra in Honolulu and, on a more recent stint in Hawaii, deepened her understanding of place and aloha through an indigenous lens.
The co-founder and co-leader of Indicorps, a diaspora-focused, grassroots-change, and leadership-building initiative for India, Shah has held substantive short-term assignments with the University of Michigan Expect Respect Campaign through the U-M Provost's Office and with the Ashoka Bangladesh assessment and re-launch.
Shah attended Smith College before transferring to Harvard-Radcliffe, where she graduated magna cum laude. Her student tenure at Michigan Law (1992-1995) had a creative, community-building hallmark.