Shantrai DeVaughn Irving

Shontrai DeVaughn Irving, of Gary, is a Clinical Associate Professor in the College of Business at Purdue University Northwest and a practicing attorney. He received his undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice and Afro-American-Studies at Indiana University, a law degree and a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice. He also earned his MBA from Purdue University Northwest. 

Irving is a former Deputy Prosecutor in Lake County, and was previously selected as a Governor’s Fellow. He spent nearly a decade as a corporate attorney for State Farm Litigation Counsel. From 2012 to 2021, he served as an Indiana Supreme Court Appointee to the Commission on Continuing Education, and served as Chair in 2020 and 2021. He also serves on the Supreme Court’s Character and Fitness Committee. 

His greatest service to the community has been in his role as a single foster parent. In fact, he had been in this role since 2006, when as a 32 year-old single man, he took in a family of four siblings ranging in age from 2 to 8, whom he adopted in March of 2015. Moreover, Shontrai has provided respite, including foster care and other services, to nearly 60 children. For his service and legal skills, he has received numerous awards and honors. Namely, he was selected as Foster Parent of the Year in 2007 by the Indiana Foster Care and Adoption Association, and has been recognized by the Indiana Pacers (Indiana Hero) and the Indianapolis Colts (Anthem Angel).

James Bannister

Foster Success Indiana

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