Shira Wakschlag

Shira WakschlagDirector, Legal Advocacy & Associate General Counsel

“As the sibling of two individuals with I/DD, my commitment to The Arc’s work and mission has deep roots. I work for The Arc so that I can play a role in advocating for the enforcement and protection of the civil rights of people with disabilities and to ensure that disability rights is a prominent part of our national civil rights dialogue.”

Shira joined The Arc in 2014. Her work involves directing The Arc’s participation in disability rights litigation, overseeing The Arc’s relationship with its state chapter network, and performing general counsel responsibilities. Shira is the Chair of the Disability Rights Committee within the American Bar Association’s Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice and on the board of the Disability Rights Bar Association and a member of its Diversity Task Force.

Prior to joining The Arc, Shira worked on civil and disability rights impact litigation in the Bay Area as a Skadden Public Interest Attorney Fellow at Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund and as an Associate Attorney at a plaintiffs’ side employment firm. She has organized a conference at Berkeley Law entitled “Rebranding Disability Rights Law: The Intersection of Disability, Gender, Race, and Class,” presented at a number of conferences on disability rights issues, and published articles with the ABA’s Human Rights Magazine, the University of Minnesota’s Impact Magazine, and Berkeley Law School’s Center on Health, Economic, and Family Security.  As a sister to two individuals with I/DD, Shira has long partnered with her siblings and parents to advocate for her siblings’ right to live independent and meaningful lives in the greater Chicago community.

Shira received her J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law in 2010 and her B.A. from Brown University in 2006.