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Jane Schukoske

United States  
S M Sehgal Foundation
Joined June 2013
Interests: Education, Environmental Justice, Generalist Legal Services, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Housing Rights & Informal Settlements, Livelihoods, Right to Information
Collaborations that interest me are legal empowerment workshops, rural development in South Asia, social justice NGO leadership, research and writing projects, mentoring, training development, and related networks. I have expertise in community development, legal education, NGO leadership, and legal services delivery in the USA and India, and I have served as a resource at judicial education workshops in India.

Jane Schukoske is the former Chief Executive Officer, S M Sehgal Foundation, an Indian trust with a mission of strengthening community-led development initiatives to bring about positive social, economic, and environmental change in rural India. The vision is of every person across rural India empowered to lead a more secure, prosperous, and dignified life. She is now a development and higher education consultant in Arlington, VA.

Jane earned her B.A. at Boston University, J.D. at Vanderbilt University, and LL.M. at Georgetown University. She practiced law as a legal services attorney in Virginia, headed the Virginia Poverty Law Center, and taught as a fellow at Harrison Institute for Public Law, Georgetown University. She later taught (clinical courses, Ethics, Law and Social Reform, Contracts, and an LL.M. course introducing the law of the US to non-US lawyers) on the faculty of University of Baltimore School of Law (UB), Baltimore, Maryland, USA, and established UB's Community Development Clinic. A Senior Fulbright Scholar at University of Colombo Faculty of Law, Sri Lanka, in 1995-96, Jane later served in New Delhi as Executive Director of the U.S. Educational Foundation in India (binational Fulbright Commission) from 2000-08. Jane is a member of the Maryland bar, inactive status.

Jane’s professional community service in India includes: 2000- present: Member, Global Alliance for Justice Education; 2009-present: Member of the Governing Body, O.P. Jindal Global University, Sonipat, Haryana, India; Member, American Bar Association International Section India Committee. 2011: Appointed to Subcommittee on Strengthening Community Engagement of Higher Education Institutions, Planning Commission of India. 2013: Advisory Board Member, Tata Institute of Social Sciences School of Law, Rights and Constitutional Governance; 2013-present: Advisory Committee, Asian Journal of Legal Education; 2015-present: Nalanda University Academic Council; 2015-16: resource person for three workshops at the National Judicial Academy, Bhopal, India.

Her book chapters and articles address topics in community development, environmental justice, legal education, and international education. They are available on the Social Science Research Network,

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