Why do you come to work at Root & Rebound every day?   I believe my education and ability to be an advocate is a privilege that carries with it the responsibility to work for those that may not have been afforded the same opportunities I was given. I can think of no better way to use my law degree than to work on behalf of Root & Rebound clients to help right some of the wrongs inflicted by mass incarceration and the inequality inherent in our current public education system.

Why do you come to work at Root & Rebound every day?

I believe my education and ability to be an advocate is a privilege that carries with it the responsibility to work for those that may not have been afforded the same opportunities I was given. I can think of no better way to use my law degree than to work on behalf of Root & Rebound clients to help right some of the wrongs inflicted by mass incarceration and the inequality inherent in our current public education system.

Veena Gursahani

Senior staff Attorney - Rights, education, and law project

Veena is an experienced litigator and Senior Staff Attorney with Root & Rebound’s R.E.A.L. Project, where her practice currently focuses on alleviating the reentry issues facing clients of the Time for Change Foundation in San Bernardino, CA.  

Prior to joining Root & Rebound, Veena represented people with disabilities as a Senior Staff Attorney at Disability Rights Legal Center, where she supervised and litigated federal, state, and regulatory claims, under the Americans with Disabilities Act, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, and California’s Unruh Civil Rights Act. As a Staff Attorney with Legal Aid Chicago, Veena gained expertise in landlord/tenant issues and evictions facing those with housing subsidies, in order to preserve housing for those at or below the poverty line. While a Senior Litigation Associate at Sidley Austin LLP, Veena pursued a variety of pro bono initiatives, including spearheading Section 1983 civil rights litigation on behalf of an incarcerated individual and using federal impact litigation to preserve and create low-income housing on Chicago’s north side, in addition to managing a full federal and state civil litigation caseload.

A 2009 graduate, cum laude, of the University of Miami School of Law, Veena was a Miami Public Interest Scholar and received the Innovative Service Award for her work in creating a Street Law Program at a female correctional facility. Veena is licensed to practice in both California and Illinois.

Contact me: vgursahani@rootandrebound.org