Travis Silva
Tel. (415) 962-8819


Yale Law School, J.D., 2013

University of California, San Diego, M.A., 2010

University of California, San Diego, B.A., summa cum laude, 2006


Hon. Michael Daly Hawkins
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 2013-2014

Bar Admissions


Travis Silva

Travis Silva joined Keker, Van Nest & Peters in the fall of 2016.

Before joining the firm, he completed an Equal Justice Works Emerson Fellowship for the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights. During that time, he worked on the federal class action Doe v. Johnson, which challenged detention conditions in U.S. Border Patrol facilities. He authored amicus briefs in impact litigation, including a Supreme Court brief in Fisher v. University of Texas, and lobbied state and local legislators on education policy and budget matters. Prior to joining the Lawyers’ Committee, Mr. Silva clerked for Judge Michael Daly Hawkins of the Ninth Circuit, and interned for the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project and the National Center for Youth Law. 

Mr. Silva is fluent in Spanish. 

Honors and Activities

  • Yale Law Journal, Comments Editor, Volume 122 (Editor, Volume 121)
  • Francis Wayland Prize (awarded to clinical student exhibiting greatest proficiency in litigation)


  • "When School is Your Home: Why Educating a Million Homeless Students Is a Civil Rights Battle?," American Bar Association Annual Conference, 2016
  • "Identifying Children At-Risk of School Push-Out," San Mateo County Bar Association, 2016
  • "Representing the Pro Bono Client: Advocacy Skills for Administrative Hearings," Practising Law Institute, 2015
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