Aneel L. Chablani,
Director of Advocacy.
Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. (ABLE)
Aneel Chablani graduated from St. John’s Jesuit High School and attended the University of Notre Dame before moving to Chicago, where he taught sixth grade for two years in a poverty-stricken community on the south side.
After law school and practicing in Chicago, he moved to New Orleans in the spring of 2004.
Living in New Orleans before Hurricane Katrina and rebuilding after Katrina had a significant impact on his life.
Chablani moved back to Toledo in 2007 to contribute to the work of fighting poverty and injustice and improving the quality of life for all members of the community.
As director of advocacy for Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. (ABLE), he oversees all of the legal work of his organization and directs the resources and staff in an attempt to maximize the ability to assist clients and affect systematic change in the community.
He previously served as the deputy director of The Capital Appeals Project in New Orleans, where he represented death row inmates before the Louisiana Supreme Court and on petitions to the US Supreme Court. He also served as a senior attorney at the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago, fighting predatory lending and foreclosures in the city.
Chablani’s life reflects a commitment to serving the poor and underrepresented in society and around the world.
He is the product of two vastly different worlds, a father from a family of refugees raised by a widowed mother in the poverty of Mumbai, India and a working-class Irish-Catholic mother from Wilmington, Delaware.
Chablani currently lives in the Old West End with his wife and two sons.