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I am a Virginia trial lawyer offering a range of legal services in many counties in Virginia.
The main reason I became a lawyer was that I didn’t see much diversity in the legal profession and I thought the lawyers I hired for my life events, did not understand the context or cultural background. Though I tried to find other lawyers, my searches were futile.
I am an immigrant from India who became a US CItizen a long time ago. My father, grandfathers and great grandfathers were farmers owning huge parcels of farmland in the Indian State of Tamil Nadu, and accordingly, I studied Agriculture all through PhD. Later after working in different areas of expertise including a tenured Assistant Professorship at Tamil Nadu Agricultural University and computer programming at Accenture and CBP and as an Inspector/analyst at the Office of Inspector General at the Dept of Homeland Security, I took up law.
My first encounter in the United States was as a graduat research fellow with the International Food Policy Research Institute in Washington DC in 1994. I started my career as an Agricultural Economist, as a teaching Professor, and a DAAD fellow in Germany (https://www.daad.de/en/). Later after publishing a book and marriage, a new married last name, and a beautiful daughter, I studied law. That means I bring multiarea and multicultural talents and skillsets to the trials and the practice of law.
I received Rosa Parks Scholarship and studied law at the only public and affordable law school in Washington DC- the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law and became a lawyer. My team won the ABA Client Counseling Competition Championship in Region 3 (https://www.law.udc.edu/news/84579/Tobias-Brown-3L-and-Punitha-Cloud-1L-Win-Region-3-ABA-Client-Counseling-Competition.htm). We also won the second place at the Nelson Mandela Int'l Negotiations Competition. Some small law schools like mine produce great defenders and change agents.
I encourage people to donate to UDC David A. Clarke School of Law which shapes many African American students, immigrant women and men into fierce defenders and champions. https://www.law.udc.edu. Please check out the free legal clinics offered for Washington DC area residents at UDC law: https://www.law.udc.edu/page/ClinicIntro.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|2019 Bronze Member of the Rule 6.1 Society||Legal Services of Northern Virginia||2019|
|Nelson Mandela Int'l Negotiations Competition - Second place||http://www.nblsa.org/||2014|
|Mock Trial Team Member||Law School||2014|
|Region 3 Champion at ABA Client Counseling Competition||American Bar Association||2012|
|Dean's list||Law school||2012|
|Virginia Attorney||Private Practice||2017 - Present|
|Recent Graduate/Law Clerk||US Army Corps Of Engineers:||2016 - 2016|
|Inspector||Dept. of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General, Washington D.C.||2016 - 2017|
|Law Clerk||Department Of Labor, Office Of The Solicitor||2015 - 2015|
|Tech Consultant at U.S. Customs and Border Protection||InfoPro||2008 - 2014|
|Developer/Consultant||Accenture, Ltd.||2004 - 2006|
|Assistant Professor||Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, India||1997 - 1997|
|PhD||Justus Liebig University of Giessen, Germany||1993 - 1997|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Fairfax Bar Association||Member||2017 - Present|
|Virginia State Bar||Member||2017 - Present|
|DHS Office of Inspector General||TSA's Adjudication Resources are Inadequate to Meet TSA PreCheck Enrollment Goals||2018|
|DHS OIG Report||USCIS Has Unclear Website Information and Unrealistic Time Goals for Adjudicating Green Card Applications||2018|
|Germany Lit Verlag (May 1, 1999) ISBN-13: 978-3825829681||Poverty and Food Security of Small Farm Households in South India: Impact of Various Policy Instruments||1999|
|David A. Clarke School of Law University, Washington, D.C.||JD - Juris Doctor||2015|
|University of Wisconsin||MS - Master of Science||2000|
|Justus Liebig University Giessen, a large public research universit, Germany||PhD - Doctorate||1997|
|Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, India||MS - Master of Science||N/A|
|Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, India||BS - Bachelor of Science||N/A|
|Foster care removal - Sanchez case -JDR case||With our defense, the child was returned to my client-mother in March 2020.|
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