Shehnaz Mansuri joined DePaul's College of Law as director of the Pro Bono & Community Service Initiative in June 2016. In this role, Mansuri will lead the pro bono and community service program for students, faculty, staff and alumni. She will work closely with community partner agencies and develop new opportunities for DePaul students to gain professional and legal skills while assisting the community. She also will manage the Neighborhood Legal Assistance Project, DePaul's pro bono legal help desk that operates at a food program for the homeless in Chicago's South Loop.
Mansuri has more than 15 years of public service experience. Prior to joining DePaul, she served as manager of the Pro Bono Service Initiative at the University of Chicago Law School, where she oversaw a wide range of pro bono opportunities, developed new partnerships with law firms and legal aid agencies, and engaged students to participate in pro bono service projects. Before moving to academia, Mansuri was a trial attorney at a Chicago-based civil rights litigation boutique where she gained substantial federal, state and appellate court experience representing clients in police accountability cases.
Mansuri is a member of the board of directors of Illinois Legal Aid Online and is a member of the executive committee of the Section of Pro Bono & Public Service Opportunities of the Association of American Law Schools. She received her BS in psychology from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana and her JD from Loyola University Chicago.