Sanjukta Paul is the David J. Epstein Fellow at UCLA School of Law. Her research lies at the intersection of market and labor regulation, exploring its conundrums through, among other things, the contemporary problem of precarious work. She is currently working on a book, tentatively titled Solidarity in the Shadow of Antitrust: Work, Collective Action and the Sherman Act, which is under contract with Cambridge University Press. The book will build upon her paper, “The Enduring Ambiguities of Antitrust Liability for Worker Collective Action,” 47 Loyola University Chicago Law Journal 101 (forthcoming, 2016) (SSRN link here). She is also engaged in the early stages of a collaborative project that will address the intersection of competition law and workers’ rights from an international and comparative perspective. This project will, among other things, explore how ambiguous concepts of market competition embedded in free trade agreements may operate to further subordinate precariously placed workers in the Global South. She has presented her work at numerous conferences, including the Labour Law Research Network (LLRN) conference (University of Amsterdam), the Law & Society conference (Seattle), the Class Crits conference (UC-Davis), and the Eighth Annual Colloquium on Scholarship in Labor & Employment Law (UNLV).
Building upon her extensive practice and advocacy experience, Paul has designed and taught the Workers Rights Litigation Clinic at UCLA. The 6-credit intensive clinic takes on administrative trials on behalf of workers, conducted in full by students in front of the California Labor Commission. Students in the clinic also take part in active litigation and policy advocacy relating to the problem of low-wage work.
Paul was a full-time litigator for several years, first at the boutique social justice law firm Hadsell & Stormer and then as a sole practitioner. While running her own law office focusing primarily on labor and employment law matters, she was named a Southern California ‘Rising Star’ by Super Lawyers. Immediately prior to coming to UCLA, she was involved in the ongoing campaign to organize port truck drivers in Southern California, assisting both with campaign legal strategy and on-the-ground enforcement efforts. She has remained involved in these efforts on a pro bono basis while at UCLA and has incorporated them into her clinical teaching. During her time in practice, she served as lead counsel or co-lead counsel in many cases on behalf of workers and civil rights plaintiffs. She has presented on labor & employment law topics at numerous events for practitioners, and regularly engages with community and advocacy groups on issues relating to workers’ rights.
Paul clerked for the Honorable Alfred T. Goodwin of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, is a graduate of Yale Law School, where she was a Coker Fellow and a Yale College Teaching Fellow, and holds an M.A. in Philosophy.