Shavar Jeffries

P-12, Higher Ed

  • Accountability
  • African American students
  • Civil rights
  • Legal issues

Shavar Jeffries is a civil rights attorney and currently serves as the president of Democrats for Education Reform. He brings a personal commitment to ensuring that a child’s zip code does not define their destiny. From fighting for fair funding practices to get schools the resources they deserve to leading the New Jersey attorney general’s juvenile justice and civil rights departments, he has been a vocal advocate for social justice. Jeffries was raised by his grandmother, a public school teacher, in the south ward of Newark, New Jersey. After receiving scholarships to Seton Hall Preparatory School, Duke University and Columbia Law School, he moved back to Newark with the firm belief that his path to success through high-quality education should not be the outlier for students in Newark, but rather the rule. Jeffries is also a partner at Lowenstein Sandler, where he has been a fierce advocate for families seeking fair practices in funding education and ensuring that the laws governing education systems help students. Prior to joining the law firm, he was an associate professor of law at the Seton Hall University law school’s Center for Social Justice, where he ran a litigation clinic.