Sanjukta Paul is a Visiting Assistant Professor and David J. Epstein Fellow at UCLA School of Law. Her research interests relate generally to the intersection of market regulation with workers’ rights and economic justice issues. Her current research relates to how the ascendancy of ‘precarious work’ in our current ‘deregulation era’ has re-exposed many workers to antitrust liability for engaging in concerted action to improve their working conditions. Her article, “The Enduring Ambiguities of Antitrust Liability for Worker Collective Action,” 47 Loyola University Chicago Law Journal (forthcoming 2016) explores the history, doctrine, and politics of this issue in light of the larger conceptual questions it raises. It can be found by clicking here. She has presented earlier versions of this paper at the Labour Law Research Network (LLRN) conference (University of Amsterdam), the Law & Society conference (Seattle), the Class Crits conference (UC-Davis), and the Eighth Annual Colloquium on Scholarship in Labor & Employment Law (UNLV).
At UCLA, Paul has designed and taught the Workers Rights Litigation Clinic, in which she has built upon her practice experience, including her ongoing pro bono involvement in a class action lawsuit challenging employment practices in the port trucking industry. Students in the clinic take part in active litigation and other forms of legal advocacy on behalf of low-wage workers, while learning key litigation skills.
Paul 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. She has remained involved in these efforts on a pro bono basis while at UCLA and has incorporated them into her clinical teaching. During her time in practice, she 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 presented on labor & employment law topics at numerous events for practitioners, and 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.