Juvaria is the founder of The Appellate Project, a nonprofit organization empowering law students of color to become the next generation of attorneys and judges in our highest courts. Prior to this role, Juvaria was a civil rights lawyer, where she successfully combined racial and religious discrimination litigation with public campaign strategies. Juvaria previously clerked for the Honorable Michael P. Shea in the District Court of the District of Connecticut and served as a litigation associate at Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP. She is a graduate of New York University and Columbia Law School, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. She is a 2020 NGen Fellow and proudly reps the Grand Canyon State.
Our appellate courts (the Supreme Court and Courts of Appeal) hear and decide cases that impact our everyday lives, from our ability to vote to how we are policed and much more. Many of these decisions disproportionately impact communities of color, yet people of color remain almost entirely absent from this area of practice, both as attorneys and as judges. As a result, our highest courts consistently fail to reflect our communities.
The Appellate Project aims to change that. Our programs address the information and opportunity barriers too many law students of color face when it comes to appellate work, empowering them to become the next generation of attorneys and judges in our highest courts.