Shiven joined NDRN as a legal intern in June 2019. Projects that Shiven is involved in at NDRN include research and writing on issues impacting individuals with disabilities including abuse and neglect in institutions, juvenile justice, and criminal incarceration, special education, employment, and vocational services, healthcare, housing, voting, and other civil rights concerns.
Shiven Patel completed his B.B.A. in Supply Chain Management with a minor in Management at the University of Houston-Downtown in December 2016. During his undergraduate career, he gained experience in public service by volunteering at homeless shelters in the Houston area. Shiven worked at the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services, where he consulted Emerson Process Management to hire 4,000 employees with disabilities over a period ten years to promote diversity initiatives within the organization.
He currently attends law school at the South Texas College of Law in Houston, TX where he’s slated to graduate in December 2019. Shiven went to law school knowing that he wanted to become a public servant and to obtain the skills necessary to become a better advocate for the disability community. Since starting law school, he has interned with the Office of the Harris County Attorney where he represented the citizens of the State of Texas in public nuisance lawsuits to protect the community from illegal activity. During the summer of 2018, Shiven worked at American Airlines as a Government and Regulatory Affairs Intern through the American Association of People with Disabilities internship program. Shiven has spoken at conferences and events on working as a person with a disability, such as the Disability:IN National Annual Conference in 2016.