Shirley Horng

Alumni Profiles, Scholar
Class of 2007
Shirley Horng

"Don't give up. Be persistent with applications to individual positions and be patient with the general public interest job search."

Shirley Horng is a Senior Staff Attorney in the Housing Law Unit at the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia, where she has been practicing since graduating from Texas Law in 2007. She represents low-income tenants in eviction cases and housing conditions cases at D.C. Superior Court. She also represents tenants in litigation against illegal rent increases at the Office of Administrative Hearings, and unlawful subsidy terminations or reductions at the D.C. Housing Authority. Additionally, she advocates for policy reforms before the D.C. Council and the D.C. Housing Authority, including drafting and commenting on legislation and administrative rule-making. While in law school, Shirley participated in the Housing Law Clinic and the Criminal Defense Clinic, and interned at the Texas Civil Rights Project in Austin. She spent her summers working at Texas RioGrande Legal Aid in Eagle Pass, Texas, and at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia.