Riya Shah is a senior supervising attorney at Juvenile Law Center. She leads Juvenile Law Center’s Second Chances initiative, focusing her efforts on juvenile record confidentiality and expungement. Riya was also instrumental in Pennsylvania’s successful challenge to the imposition of harsh registration laws for youth charged with sexual offenses and provides consultation on litigation efforts across the country to eradicate juvenile sex offender registration laws.
She has written extensively on collateral consequences, expungement, sex offender registration, and the right to counsel. Riya employs legislative and litigation strategies to implement juvenile justice systems reform at the state and federal levels and works on Juvenile Law Center’s litigation and policy efforts aimed at reducing the practice of youth tried as adults and subject to extreme sentences.