We are pleased to announce Shiva Kooragayala will receive the Barbara Grau Outstanding Housing Advocate Award at our 40th Anniversary Celebration. Presented annually, the award recognizes an individual or organization who has shown extraordinary commitment to protecting renters' rights and advancing housing justice.
"Housing is a platform for people to improve their lives. Getting access to housing, and keeping it once you have it, is so important," Shiva said.
Currently an associate at Massey & Gail, Shiva has spent most of his career working on a variety of housing issues, particularly public and affordable housing policy, he said. In addition to researching local and national housing policies at the Urban Institute, Shiva served as a clinical advocate on several eviction defense matters with Legal Aid Chicago before beginning pro bono housing work while at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.
Most recently, Shiva helped at LCBH's eviction sealing clinics, both as a pro bono volunteer and a volunteer liaison at Skadden. With the help of LCBH Pro Bono Coordinator Kaitlin Cutshaw, Shiva organized a virtual clinic to engage Skadden lawyers, training them how to write and file a motion, and go to court for their clients.