COMMUNITY WORK

Ms. Sampath strongly believes in the importance of giving back to the community and cultivating the next generation of public interest lawyers. Furthering this philosophy, Ms. Sampath extensively volunteers her time with CELA as a member of its Board of Directors and long time member of CELA's Diversity Outreach Committee.  In 2010, Ms. Sampath along with Toni Jaramilla and Bryan Schwartz founded FAIR, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote diversity within the plaintiffs' employment bar in California. In addition to working with other professional organizations, Ms. Sampath assists legal institutions actualize their public interest mission.

 

Ms. Sampath has been and is an active participant in law school programs throughout the state, including organizing and speaking at CELA's Diversity Leadership Summits conducted at UC Hastings School of Law and Loyala Law School for the past several years. She has also worked with Golden Gate, UCLA, USC and UCI Schools of Law speaking on various career opportunity panels and serving as a moot court judge for first year law students at UCLA and UC Hastings School of Law.  Ms. Sampath was also invited to speak to students at UCI Law School's Fair Employment and Housing Clinic about her work. Over the years, Ms. Sampath has supervised and counseled numerous diverse law students from around the country, many of who have gone on to become dedicated and accomplished workers' rights advocates.

 

In addition to her work with law students and new lawyers, Ms. Sampath has been and is involved with the following organizations, where she continues to give back to the profession through volunteer work and speaking as a panelist at various legal conferences and events:

 

  • California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA), Board Member (2012-2018)

  • CELA Diversity Committee, Past Co-Chair (2011- present)

  • CELA Member (2006-present)

  • Foundation for Advocacy Inclusion and Resources (2009-present), Past Vice-President (2014-2016); Past President (2016-2018) 

  • South Asian Bar Association of Southern California (SABA-SC), Member (2005-2013)

  • SABA-SC, Board Member (2011-2012)

  • SABA-SC, Public Interest Foundation, Board Member (2009-2010)

  • South Asian Bar Association of Northern California (2002-2005; 2014-present)

  • Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA), Member (2007-2013)

  • LACBA Labor and Employment Law Section Membership Committee (2007-2013)

  • State Bar Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services (2003-2005)

  • State Bar of California, Pathways to Justice Planning Committee (2004-2005)

  • Asian Law Caucus, Employment Rights Clinic, Volunteer (2003-2004)

  • Legal Aid At Work, Worker's Right Clinic, Volunteer (1999-2000; 2014-present)

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