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Protima Pandey

Protima Pandey

County of Santa Clara
Director, Office of Women's Policy, County Executive Office
San Jose, CA, USA


Protima has been an advocate for gender justice and is the newly appointed Director for the Office of Women’s Policy at Santa Clara County. Working for the County Executive, her office works to bring a gender lens to policy decision-making, building a pipeline to leadership, and demand equity in governance. Prior to that, she was the Managing Attorney and Regional Counsel for Immigration at Bay Area Legal Aid, where she started as a staff attorney litigating on family law and immigration cases for survivors of domestic violence, as well as allied legal relief in areas of public benefits, housing preservation, and economic justice. Most recently she co-counseled on a precedent setting case in California, Kumar v. Kumar, a complex immigration and family law cross-over case. She also led the firm-wide post-graduate Fellowship program to shepherd and develop fellowship proposals through the national selection process. She is also one of 17 lawyers nation-wide appointed as a Commissioner to the American Bar Association Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence to work on issues impacting delivery of legal services to survivors, where she is also a litigation skills faculty. She also serves as faculty for Practicing Law Institute in San Francisco, training on issues relating to housing rights for immigrants and representation of domestic violence survivors in family courts as well as on understanding personal bias, working with diverse populations, and on domestic violence awareness. Being passionate about giving back to the legal profession, Protima has served as the Chair of San Mateo County Bar Association's Diversity Committee (2014), has been integral to the work of BayLegal's diversity initiative, and the Racial Justice Initiative. Prior to joining BayLegal, Protima was the Public Policy specialist for California Partnership to End Domestic Violence in Sacramento, California where she worked on legislation and advocacy on behalf of agencies serving survivors and their families.

Education: Washington University in St. Louis, School of Law, 2001; National Law School of India University Practice Areas: Family Law, Immigration Law, Housing protections for DV survivors.

Bar Admissions: California, 2003; India, 1999

Awards: South Asian Bar Association Northern California Community Impact Award (2014), South Asian Bar Association Northern California Foundation Public Interest Attorney of the year (2012), Woman of Color Scholarship from National Network to End Domestic Violence (2007)

Protima Pandey is associated with the following items:
Course Handbooks  Course Handbooks Working with Immigrants: The Intersection of Basic Immigration, Housing, and Domestic Violence Issues in California 2018
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Working with Immigrants: The Intersection of Basic Immigration, Housing, and Domestic Violence Issues in California 2018, Monday, May 07, 2018, San Francisco, CA
Public Interest Boot Camp 2018, Friday, June 08, 2018, San Francisco, CA
Web Segment  Web Segment Serving Diverse Communities: Understanding Personal Bias - Public Interest Boot Camp 2018, Monday, June 04, 2018
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Serving Diverse Communities: Understanding Personal Bias - Serving Diverse Communities: Understanding Personal Bias, Monday, June 04, 2018
Transcripts  Transcripts Serving Diverse Communities: Understanding Personal Bias - Serving Diverse Communities: Understanding Personal Bias, Monday, June 04, 2018
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Serving Diverse Communities: Understanding Personal Bias - Serving Diverse Communities: Understanding Personal Bias, Monday, June 04, 2018
Live Webcast  Live Webcast Working with Immigrants: The Intersection of Basic Immigration, Housing, and Domestic Violence Issues in California 2019, Wednesday, April 24, 2019, San Francisco, CA
Pro Bono  Pro Bono Working with Immigrants: The Intersection of Basic Immigration, Housing, and Domestic Violence Issues in California 2019, Wednesday, April 24, 2019, San Francisco, CA
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