Niyati Shah is the Director of Litigation at Advancing Justice | AAJC where she is responsible for overseeing and advancing the organization’s priorities before the courts. This includes cases that impact racial justice and the civil rights of Asian Americans, particularly in the areas of voting, immigration and national security, tech/telecom, census, and education equity. Niyati has served as one of the lead attorneys in Lupe v. Ross, successfully challenging the addition of the citizenship question to the 2020 census. Advancing Justice | AAJC’s docket, as overseen by Niyati includes voting rights, education equity, immigration, and anti-racial profiling cases.
Prior to joining Advancing Justice | AAJC, Niyati worked as an Election Counsel at Project Vote where she investigated, litigated, and advocated against violations of federal constitutional and statutory law nationwide. She is an expert on the implementation of Sections 5 and 7 of the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA), working both cooperatively with, as well as litigating against, states to enforce the NVRA. She has also litigated violations of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act (VRA) and enforced Section 203 of the VRA.
Previously, Niyati worked for the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs litigating against deceptive and misleading trade practices and at Legal Services of Northwest Jersey as a family, consumer, and housing law attorney.
She is a graduate of Rutgers University School of Law – Camden and obtained her undergraduate degree from American University