Ada Shen-Jaffe is an independent consultant and coach focusing on strategic thinking, race equity, organizational change and leadership development.
As a Professor from Practice and Distinguished Practitioner in Residence at the Seattle University School of Law from 2005-June of 2014, she taught “Lawyering for a Just & Humane World,” “Advanced Civil Equal Justice,” “Poverty Law” and “Advanced Lawyering: Equal Justice Leadership & Advocacy” using frameworks for inclusion, diversity and cross-difference competence as a justice imperative, multiple dimensions/multi-forum advocacy, community engagement, and the Sargent Shriver National Poverty Law Center’s “Seven Core Leadership Capacities” model.
From 1986 to 2005, she served as statewide Director of Columbia Legal Services and Evergreen Legal Services. Ada was instrumental in the achievement of mission-based statewide restructuring to preserve and protect the overall statewide capacity of the equal justice movement to engage in full-range client community-based advocacy. She played key roles in securing state funding, creating Legal Aid for Washington Fund (LAW Fund), the Endowment for Equal Justice, and in the creation of the WA State Access to Justice (ATJ) Board. At the statewide and national levels, she has served on numerous boards, committees and task forces such as the ABA’s Standing Committee on Legal Aid & Indigent Defendants (SCLAID), Standing Committee on Pro Bono & Public Service, the Clinton Administration’s Legal Services Corporation Transition Team, Institute on Race & Poverty, National Center on Women & Family Law, Center on Law & Social Policy, ATJ Nominating & Leadership Committee, Conference Planning Committee and Equal Justice Coalition, Minority & Justice Commission and many other organizations.