Shahid Buttar joined American Constitutional Law in May 2005 as Associate Director for Communications and Outreach, and graduated from Stanford Law School in 2003. Prior to joining ACS, he was a litigation Associate in the Washington, DC office of Heller Ehrman LLP, where his litigation practice included representing the campaign finance reform community in an ultimately successful appeal before the D.C. Circuit, and organizing the first post-Lawrence litigation seeking same-sex marriage rights in the State of New York.
As a law student, Shahid served as Executive Editor of the Stanford Environmental Law Journal, as well as Teaching Assistant for Professor Lawrence Lessig’s Constitutional Law course. He worked in the investment banking industry from 1994 until 2000, when he graduated summa cum laude from Loyola University Chicago and was invited to join the Foreign Service of the U.S. State Department.
In addition to his work at ACS, Shahid is a poet, media activist and grassroots organizer committed to helping kickstart countercultural (r)evolution. Since 2002, Shahid has organized three independent groups of artists: the Stanford Spoken Word Collective; the San Francisco Collaborative Arts Insurgency; and the DC Guerrilla Poetry Insurgency. His activism has focused on reclaiming public space, channeling performing arts as a means of both building community among participants, and also spreading progressive worldviews to those who might otherwise remain chained to corporate media. He hopes to see a brighter day in our collective reality soon.