Founding of HTK – how it came about & why —
HTK was founded by Shoshanna Silverberg during her second year of law school at Elon University School of Law in Greensboro, North Carolina. Currently a 3L Shoshanna is a Fellow in the Elon Law Leadership Program, a co-editor of the school’s Journal of Leadership & the Law and has externed for a legal start up since the summer of her 1L year under Legal Rebel & ABA bestselling author J. Kim Wright.
Shoshanna came to law school with a Bachelor of Arts from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts and a Master of Arts in Holistic Thinking (now the program of Thinking & Learning) from The Graduate Institute in Bethany, Connecticut.
Prior to law school Shoshanna lived for years in her home city of Hartford, Connecticut. While she earned her Master’s she cut her teeth as an advocate, starting out with Gallo & Robinson and going on to become a Human Rights Fellow for the ACLU-CT. From there she continued to cultivate her experience in the policy arena by conducting research for a state-funded criminal justice think tank and working for several Hartford-based nonprofits and small lobbying firms. Shoshanna has served as a member of the City of Hartford’s Juvenile Review Board (a balanced & restorative approach to justice), CT’s Sentencing Task Force, CT’s Juvenile Justice Policy & Operations Council, the Steering Committee for the state’s Permanent Commission on the Status of Women’s Young Women’s Leadership Program and on NARAL-CT’s executive committee. [Read more…]
After finishing her Master’s Shoshanna completed a 200 hour Vinyasa teacher training with Rolf Gates. She began teaching self-care workshops to human services professionals and yoga, meditation and creative expression workshops for at-risk youth in leadership development programs. After becoming a certified Oasis in the Overwhelm Trainer Shoshanna began teaching a yoga class in the State Capitol building, offering reflexology and meditation tutorials to legislators and their staff. To support herself during this time Shoshanna worked as a home hospice care provider at night.
Drawn to Elon Law’s innovative approach, which has at its core the philosophy of engaged learning and authentic leadership (see HTK Blog on Legal Ed) Shoshanna’s decision to attend law school came from a desire to understand at a deeper level how legal (and policy) decisions are made. Her view is that what we call “wellness” is often at the heart of what motivates people to make decisions. She will have a piece published in J. Kim Wright’s upcoming ABA book about the international “integrative law” movement and a chapter in a volume entitled Transforming Justice, Lawyers & the Practice of Law to be published by Carolina Academic Press (both forthcoming in 2015). She is currently a facilitator for the Counter Stories Project in Greensboro, an extension of work initiated by the City of Greensboro’s Truth & Reconciliation Commission. Shoshanna looks forward to crafting her advocacy career further when she graduates in May and is thrilled to be expanding the HTK community.
Click here to view Shoshanna’s credentials and qualifications more fully.