Assistant Director, Public Interest/Public Service Fellows Program
Office: William June Warren 804
Devi Patel is the Assistant Director of the Public Interest/Public Service Fellows Program at Social Justice Initiatives (SJI). Prior to joining SJI, Devi was the Pro Bono Programs Manager at Legal Information for Families Today (LIFT) where she created and led LIFT's state-wide pro bono program. Devi also managed the legal internship and fellowship programs, and cultivated partnerships with law schools, public interest organizations, and the private bar.
Devi began her legal career as a staff attorney at Sanctuary for Families' Center for Battered Women’s Legal Services and a Poverty Justice Solutions Fellow through the Center for Court Innovation. She represented domestic violence and human trafficking survivors in court proceedings and administrative forums, and also provided legal advice to hundreds of New Yorkers as part of the NYC Family Justice Centers’ legal services.
Devi earned her J.D. from New York Law School, where she was a Carbonell Fellow in Law & Policy. Upon graduation, Devi was awarded the Alexander D. Forger Award for Distinguished Service to the Profession. A native North Carolinian, Devi earned her Bachelor's Degree in Women's and Gender Studies from North Carolina State University. Devi serves on the New York City Bar’s Diversity Pipeline Initiatives Committee and is admitted to practice in New York.