Veena Gursahani

Deputy Director of California Programs

Southern California

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An experienced litigator and thoughtful advocate, Veena Gursahani is the Deputy Director of California Programs at Root & Rebound. Immediately prior to this role, Veena served as Root & Rebound’s San Bernardino Site Director, where her practice focused on alleviating the reentry issues facing clients of the Time for Change Foundation.  

Prior to joining Root & Rebound, Veena gained invaluable litigation and management experience, practicing in a variety of settings in California and Illinois,.  As a Senior Staff Attorney at Disability Rights Legal Center, Veena represented individuals with disabilities in their federal, state, and regulatory claims. In her role with Disability Rights Legal Center, Veena also served as clinical supervisor of the Disability Rights Legal Center Clinic at the University of La Verne College of Law. 

Prior to moving back to California, Veena served as a Staff Attorney at Legal Aid Chicago, one of the largest LSC-funded legal aid organizations in the country; a Senior Litigation Associate at Sidley Austin LLP; and a Staff Attorney at Health and Disability Advocates. At Legal Aid Chicago, Veena represented individuals with housing subsidies in unlawful eviction cases, 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.

In 2020, Veena was appointed to the San Bernardino Superior Court’s Committee on the Elimination of Bias. She is licensed to practice in both California and Illinois.  

Veena Gursahani

Deputy Director of California Programs

Southern California

Email Veena

An experienced litigator and thoughtful advocate, Veena Gursahani is the Deputy Director of California Programs at Root & Rebound. Immediately prior to this role, Veena served as Root & Rebound’s San Bernardino Site Director, where her practice focused on alleviating the reentry issues facing clients of the Time for Change Foundation.  

Prior to joining Root & Rebound, Veena gained invaluable litigation and management experience, practicing in a variety of settings in California and Illinois,.  As a Senior Staff Attorney at Disability Rights Legal Center, Veena represented individuals with disabilities in their federal, state, and regulatory claims. In her role with Disability Rights Legal Center, Veena also served as clinical supervisor of the Disability Rights Legal Center Clinic at the University of La Verne College of Law. 

Prior to moving back to California, Veena served as a Staff Attorney at Legal Aid Chicago, one of the largest LSC-funded legal aid organizations in the country; a Senior Litigation Associate at Sidley Austin LLP; and a Staff Attorney at Health and Disability Advocates. At Legal Aid Chicago, Veena represented individuals with housing subsidies in unlawful eviction cases, 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.

In 2020, Veena was appointed to the San Bernardino Superior Court’s Committee on the Elimination of Bias. She is licensed to practice in both California and Illinois.  

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.

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