Isra Shah is an associate in Richards, Watson & Gershon's Public Law Department. Her practice encompasses a variety of administrative and transactional public law issues facing municipalities and public agencies, including municipal authority, civil and constitutional rights, conflicts of interest, ethics, and matters involving the Brown Act, California Environmental Quality Act, and National Environmental Protection Act.
Isra joined RWG in 2015 following a two-year clerkship for the Honorable Catherine E. Bauer at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California in Santa Ana. She has experience performing legal research and analysis, preparing legal memoranda, conducting document review, assisting in discovery matters, and drafting motions, briefs, and interrogatories. Isra is also knowledgeable about the California Environmental Quality Act and has participated in the review of environmental impact reports.
While in law school, Isra completed externships with the Department of Justice's U.S. Trustee Program and with the Honorable Laura S. Taylor at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of California in San Diego. She was articles editor for the UC Irvine Law Review, and a member
of the UC Irvine Student Bar Association's Constitution/Governance Committee, the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association, and the UCI Public Interest Law Fund.
Pro bono work is an important part of Isra's practice. Through her volunteer work with the Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center, the Legal Aid Society of Orange County, and the Mississippi Center for Justice, she has assisted Haitian refugees seeking asylum, helped low-income taxpayers resolve tax controversies with the IRS, and provided on the ground support in Biloxi, Miss. as part of a campaign by the Save Our Schools Coalition to reopen a local elementary school.
Isra is admitted to practice in California.
B.A., University of California, Irvine, 2006
J.D., University of California, Irvine School of Law, 2012