Shawn A. Heller is an experienced civil rights and criminal defense attorney, who has been working for social justice reform for more than fifteen years. In 2012, Shawn, along with Joshua Glickman, formed the Social Justice Law Collective (SJLC), which is committed to, and based on, one simple concept: That all men, women and children have the inalienable right to be treated equally under the law, regardless of race, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation, disability, familial status, or incarceration. Shawn has been actively working for drug policy reform since 1998, and was one of the founders of SSDP. After graduating college, Shawn served as SSDP’s Executive Director from 2000 through 2003. Since then, Shawn has served the organization as a Board member, advisor, and mentor.
Prior to forming SJLC, Shawn was an attorney at the Florida Justice Institute (FJI), a non-profit organization, founded in the late 1970s in order to address civil rights issues throughout the State of Florida. Shawn holds a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, where he served as a student attorney for the Criminal Justice Clinic, and graduated with a B.A. from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. After graduation, Shawn was a litigation associate at Bilzin Sumberg in Miami, where he worked in Bilzin’s Complex Commercial Litigation Group. While attending law school, Shawn served as a judicial intern to the Honorable Jose E. Martinez, United States District Court, Southern District of Florida. Prior to attending college, Shawn was an intern in the office of Senator Bob Graham. He subsequently served in the White House as an intern for the Deputy Assistant to the President/Deputy Director for Political Affairs.