Sanjukta Paul is a Clinical Teaching Fellow at UCLA School of Law and a practicing attorney. Her current academic research focuses on independent contractor workers and the antitrust laws, and on issues related to law and organizing and to “empowerment lawyering.” Her teaching focuses on litigation skills and workers’ rights.
Paul has practiced employment and civil rights law for several years, first at Hadsell & Stormer and then as a solo practitioner. She also worked on a 15-month-long employment law project for Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy’s ports campaign, where she was involved in both campaign legal strategy and on-the-ground enforcement efforts, and directed a legal clinic serving truck drivers misclassified as independent contractors. She has served as lead counsel or co-lead counsel in numerous cases on behalf of workers and civil rights plaintiffs, many of them involving major corporations and public entities as defendants, from class actions to individual retaliation/discrimination cases to labor arbitrations. She has also occasionally represented organizations, such as the National Day Laborer Organizing Network. She regularly presents on labor/employment law topics at conferences and CLE events, and serves on the Board of Directors of the ACLU of Southern California.
Paul clerked for the Honorable Alfred T. Goodwin on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, is a 2003 graduate of Yale Law School, where she was a Coker Fellow and a Yale College Teaching Fellow, and holds an M.A. in Philosophy.