Seema N. Patel

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Seema N. Patel serves as the Clinical Director for the East Bay Community Law Center and is also a Lecturer at UC Berkeley School of Law. Prior to serving in this role, Seema served as the Deputy Director of San Francisco’s Office of Labor Standards Enforcement (OLSE), which enforces San Francisco’s labor/workers’ rights laws – including the seminal municipal Formula Retail Employee Rights Ordinances and the nation’s first municipal Paid Parental Leave law. Before working in local government, Seema served as Senior Advisor to the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI), focusing on immigrant workers’ rights. Seema also worked at the Office of the Solicitor, U.S. Department of Labor, first as an Appellate Litigator in Washington, D.C., and later as a Trial Attorney in DOL’s Region IX office in San Francisco. After graduating from U.C. Berkeley Law School, she clerked for the Honorable Andre M. Davis, U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland (currently, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit), and the Honorable Harry Pregerson, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Seema then moved to Gujarat, India, to organize slum-dwelling “ragpickers” (trash collectors) into a cooperative society. Prior to law school, Seema organized South Asian immigrant laundry workers on the east coast.

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