April Shaw, Ph.D., J.D., is a senior staff attorney at the Network’s Northern Region Office. She has expertise in breaking down the policy impacts of laws and illuminating how theory can inform practice. Her current work includes suicide prevention, racial health equity in the context of climate change, and racial health equity more broadly construed. She is especially interested in thinking through how multiple inequities intersect to create systemic disparities. April has worked at the Project on Predatory Lending at the Legal Services Center of Harvard Law school, writing white papers to assist with defrauded students’ defense to repayment claims, and as the Research Scholar at the Center for Public Health Law & Policy at ASU’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. She has also worked as a senior law clerk at the Arizona Court of Appeals drafting court opinions and memorandum.
April earned her Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Colorado at Boulder, specializing in social and political philosophy with a focus on gender justice and critical race theory. She wrote her dissertation on severe global poverty and human rights. April received her J.D. with distinction from the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, winning first place in the 2015 Sara Weddington Writing Prize for New Student Scholarship in Reproductive Rights Law.