Shoba Babu

Shoba Babu is a quintessential Philly girl. A born and raised Philadelphia native, she graduated from Central High School, attended the University of Pennsylvania for undergraduate studies, and went straight through to law school at Temple University. Shoba’s eclectic array of legal experiences allows her to bring holistic and varied approaches to solving clients’ problems. Some of these experiences include interning with in-house counsel at the financial company, Vanguard; partaking in the Integrated Trial Advocacy Program at Temple; interning in the Real Estate and Development Unit at the City of Philadelphia Law Department; participating in a housing and mediation clinic at the Philadelphia Housing Court; and working as a judicial law clerk at the Philadelphia Family Court.

Because of the unique nature of municipal law — being both a niche and broad field at the intersection of various areas of law — at the firm Shoba is able to explore diverse legal questions. She loves that each day brings new puzzles ranging from property taxes and storm-water agreements to food truck ordinances and that she is able to combine her past experiences with the knowledge she is gaining as a growing attorney to find creative solutions.

Shoba enjoys spending time with family and friends; drawing and creating calligraphy; and writing. She eagerly looks forward to expanding her legal knowledge at the firm and making a positive impact on the community through her work.


Philadelphia Family Court Law Clerk

(Oct. 2020 – Jun. 2021), Philadelphia, PA

Assisted the Honorable Elizabeth Jackson in preparing for custody and divorce cases, PFAs, and various motions

– Combed through court records to find relevant information concerning the child custody factors including criminal histories of parties, support orders, past and current PFAs, DHS reports, living conditions, backgrounds of other residents, home ownership, income, etc. and summarized findings

– Searched records and relevant laws for motions involving paternity, change of venue and relinquishment of jurisdiction, home investigations, and mental health assessments and summarized findings

– Looked through case files for relevant information regarding filed PFAs such as home ownership, relationship between parties, and coinciding custody or divorce cases and noted findings

– Searched records and researched laws for divorce cases, including a forum shopping jurisdictional issue between New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Jordan

– Attended virtual hearings and shared personal observations

Municipal Court of Philadelphia Housing and Mediation Clinic Intern (Spring 2020), Philadelphia, PA

  Temple Law’s housing and medication clinic calls for students to serve as court appointed mediators to assist landlords and tenants in resolving their disputes under the auspices of the Municipal Court of Philadelphia

– Underwent training program in mediation

– Met with the parties and guided the discussion, clarified legal questions and generated options for resolution of dispute; wrote a report about providing free legal representation to indigent clients

City Law Department Real Estate and Development Unit Intern (Summer 2019), Philadelphia, PA

Worked alongside City Solicitors, helped draft legal documents, and assisted the City Law Department in different matters that affect the city of Philadelphia

– Reviewed and summarized a 200 page Cobbs Creek Golf Course Lease

– Created a page listing all important dates and deadlines and summarized each party’s responsibility to the Lease in order to reduce the burden on clients

– Attended and participated in negotiations with AND1 seeking to obtain a Donated Services Agreement to repair and repave a basketball court in Allegheny West

– Responsible for writing and reviewing a License Agreement Amendment for a nonprofit entity to conduct a Rowing Program for High School Students at Lloyd Hall

– Researched City provision with regards to proper signage and billboard rules and regulations in order to assist City Solicitors in their negotiations


Temple Law Integrated Trial Advocacy Program (ITAP) (Fall 2018 – Spring 2019), Philadelphia PA

ITAP is a two semester, ten credit course package that combines Evidence, Civil Procedure II and trial advocacy skills

– Learned basic trial skills like analyzing a trial file, examining witnesses, making objections and meeting offers of proof, introducing exhibits, and delivering opening statements and closing arguments and practiced skills through simulated class performance exercises

– Represented defendant in a criminal mock trial involving drug trafficking at the end of fall semester

– Represented plaintiff in a civil mock trial involving wrongful death and liquor liability at the end of spring semester


Philadelphia Diversity Law Group (PDLG) Intern at Vanguard (Summer 2018), Malvern, PA

Worked alongside in house counsel in drafting legal documents and performing legal research in different matters affecting the corporation

– Assisted in creating a 50-state survey regarding third-party subpoena jurisdiction

– Assisted in creating guide regarding IRAs in trusts

– Performed ERISA contract review and created a memo about findings

– Wrote memo about defenses to pay equity claims in response to 9th Circuit’s decision in Rizo v. Yovio


Conwell Scholar, Temple ®

Rubin Public Interest Scholar, Temple ®

Bralow Scholar, Temple ®

Mayor’s Scholar, Penn ®

Howard Gittis Scholar, Penn ®

Women’s Law Caucus, Temple ®

South Asian Law Students Association, Temple ®

Alpha Phi Omega Co-Ed Service Fraternity, Penn ®

Daily Pennsylvanian Newspaper, Penn ®

Associated Alumni of Central High School, Philadelphia (Class of 2014/273)