Paul Chavez

Executive Director

Paul R. Chavez serves as the Executive Director of Centro Legal de la Raza. Previously, Paul was a Senior Attorney with the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area where he maintained an active racial and immigrant justice impact litigation docket and supervised junior attorneys and pro bono volunteers engaged in both impact litigation and policy advocacy. Additionally, Paul managed the organization’s pro bono programs which included building, sustaining, and expanding pro bono relationships with law firms, corporations, law schools, and bar associations. Paul also directed the law clerk and fellowship programs at the Lawyers’ Committee. A respected litigator, Paul has received several awards, including a 2015 California Lawyer Attorney of the Year (CLAY) Award, recognizing extraordinary achievement in Immigrant Rights Impact Litigation. Formerly, he was a litigation associate at Donahue Fitzgerald LLP with an employment and commercial litigation practice. Paul was a fire fighter in the United States Navy prior to receiving his BA in Political Science from the University of Colorado. He earned his JD from Berkeley Law at the University of California. Paul currently serves on the Board of Directors of the East Bay La Raza Lawyers Association.