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Protima Pandey

Protima Pandey

Bay Area Legal Aid
Regional Counsel for Immigration and Managing Attorney, San Mateo County
Redwood City, CA, USA


Protima has been working with domestic violence and sexual assault survivors for over a decade. She has extensive experience counseling, advising and assisting families and survivors of domestic violence here and in South Asia. As a staff attorney at Bay Area Legal Aid, the largest provider of free legal services to low income residents, she represented clients in family law, immigration, housing protection and public benefit cases.

In August 2015 she was one of 17 lawyers nationwide appointed as a Commissioner for American Bar Association Commission on Sexual and Domestic Violence where she is also trained faculty. Currently, she serves as a Managing Attorney for the San Mateo County Regional Office at Bay Area Legal Aid, where she oversees all aspects of services by the office, including supervision of all ongoing clinic and litigation. She has trained in-house counsels and law firms on pro-bono representation, has guest lectured at UC Berkeley Law and Golden Gate Law and served as a panelist at Statewide and regional conferences for lawyers and community advocates.

She served as faculty at Practicing Law Institute in San Francisco where she trained on issues relating to Housing discrimination for immigrant tenants and on the procedures in Domestic Violence Prevention Act cases. She is a regular trainer on cultural competency and understanding personal bias.

She serves on the Advisory Board of Family Violence Appellate Project, the only appellate agency working with appeals for cases on behalf of domestic violence survivors. She received the Public Interest Attorney of the year award in 2012 from the South Asian Bar Association Northern California Foundation and was also featured in the August 2012 issue of the California Lawyer magazine which profiled the work Bay Area Legal Aid does for survivors of domestic violence. Most recently she was awarded the Community Impact Award (2014) by the South Asian Bar Association. Prior to joining Bay Area Legal Aid, she was the Public Policy Specialist for the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence, California’s statewide domestic violence coalition, where she worked closely with legislators and policy makers on several keys laws impacting survivors of domestic violence, including providing legal analysis, testimony during senate and assembly hearings and serving on working committees crafting legislation. She began her legal aid career with Inland Counties Legal Services in Riverside, California where, among other cases, she represented deaf and hard of hearing clients from the Center on Deafness Inland Empire. In her spare time, she serves as a volunteer for Asha For Education, Silicon Valley, that raises funds to support education for underprivileged children in India. This year she is training for her first half marathon to raise $1500 for Asha. She holds a license to practice law in India and California and spent her early years working in the field of Intellectual Property. Protima holds a B.A.LL.B (Honors) from National Law School, Bangalore, India and an LL.M. in U.S. Laws from Washington University School of Law, St. Louis, Missouri.

Protima Pandey is associated with the following items:
Web Segment  Web Segment Serving Diverse Communities: Understanding Personal Bias - Public Interest Boot Camp, Monday, June 06, 2016
Serving Diverse Communities: Understanding Personal Bias - Public Interest Boot Camp 2017, Tuesday, June 06, 2017
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Serving Diverse Communities: Understanding Personal Bias - Serving Diverse Communities: Understanding Personal Bias, Monday, June 06, 2016
Serving Diverse Communities: Understanding Personal Bias - Serving Diverse Communities: Understanding Personal Bias, Tuesday, June 06, 2017
Transcripts  Transcripts Serving Diverse Communities: Understanding Personal Bias - Serving Diverse Communities: Understanding Personal Bias, Monday, June 06, 2016
Serving Diverse Communities: Understanding Personal Bias - Serving Diverse Communities: Understanding Personal Bias, Tuesday, June 06, 2017
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Serving Diverse Communities: Understanding Personal Bias - Serving Diverse Communities: Understanding Personal Bias, Monday, June 06, 2016
Serving Diverse Communities: Understanding Personal Bias - Serving Diverse Communities: Understanding Personal Bias, Tuesday, June 06, 2017
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Public Interest Boot Camp, Thursday, June 16, 2016, San Francisco, CA
Public Interest Boot Camp 2017, Tuesday, June 06, 2017, San Francisco, CA
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters Serving Diverse Populations: Understanding Personal Bias (from PLI’s Public Interest Boot Camp 2016 Program) (PowerPoint slides) - Ethical Issues in California Pro Bono Representation 2016, Wednesday, September 07, 2016
Understanding Personal Bias: Resources - Ethical Issues in California Pro Bono Representation 2016, Wednesday, September 07, 2016
Live Webcast  Live Webcast Working with Immigrants: The Intersection of Basic Immigration, Housing, and Domestic Violence Issues in California 2018 (Free), Monday, April 30, 2018, San Francisco, CA
Pro Bono  Pro Bono Working with Immigrants: The Intersection of Basic Immigration, Housing, and Domestic Violence Issues in California 2018 (Free), Monday, April 30, 2018, San Francisco, CA
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