Jasleen Kohli is the Director of the Critical Race Studies Program at UCLA School of Law. The Director of the Critical Race Studies Program is the primary administrator of the CRS specialization, and is also responsible for the development and management of CRS Program activities aimed at the broader law school community.
Kohli has practiced in the areas of civil rights, labor law, and policy development, and her work revolves around integrating Critical Race Theory principles into practice. Prior to joining UCLA Law, Kohli served as policy analyst for the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE), a leading advocacy organization dedicated to promoting sustainable economic development. At LAANE, Kohli developed and advocated for innovative policies designed to address social inequality in the city’s lowest wage sectors and authored the reports A Tale of Two Cities: How Long Beach's Investment in Downtown Tourism has Contributed to Poverty Next Door (2009) and Transforming the Gateway to L.A.: The Economic Benefits of a Sustainable Tourism Model (2009). Prior to her position at LAANE, Kohli was the first in-house counsel at UNITE HERE Local 11, the union representing hotel and food service workers. At UNITE HERE Local 11, she represented the union in arbitrations and proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board and developed and implemented legal strategies to advance union organizing campaigns.
Kohli received her J.D. from Harvard Law School and her B.A. from UC Berkeley with Highest Honors in English Literature, with an emphasis in postcolonial theory. While at Harvard Law, she served as a student attorney at the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, representing low-income clients in family law matters, and co-directed and produced a highly regarded documentary on issues of race and legal pedagogy entitled Legally Black and Brown and Yellow and Red.