Sanjukta Paul is the David J. Epstein Fellow at UCLA School of Law. Her research interests relate broadly to low-wage workers and to the law and legal processes that affect them, and her current research focuses on antitrust liability for concerted action by workers classified as independent contractors. Her courses at UCLA thus far have focused on litigation skills, workers’ rights law, and social justice lawyering.
Paul has practiced employment and civil rights law for several years, first at the boutique firm Hadsell & Stormer and then as a sole practitioner. While running her own law office, she was named a Southern California ‘Rising Star’ by Super Lawyers. Immediately prior to coming to UCLA, she was involved in the ongoing campaign to organize port truck drivers in Southern California, where she assisted both with campaign legal strategy and on-the-ground enforcement efforts, and designed and directed a legal clinic serving truck drivers misclassified as independent contractors. During her time in practice, she has served as lead counsel or co-lead counsel in numerous matters on behalf of workers and civil rights plaintiffs, many of them involving major corporations and public entities as defendants, from class action litigation to individual lawsuits to labor arbitrations. She has also occasionally represented organizations, such as the National Day Laborer Organizing Network. She has presented on labor & employment law topics at numerous events for practitioners, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the ACLU of Southern California.
Paul clerked for the Honorable Alfred T. Goodwin of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, is a graduate of Yale Law School, where she was a Coker Fellow and a Yale College Teaching Fellow, and holds an M.A. in Philosophy.