What was the most valuable lesson you learned in your first year practicing law? I learned early to take ownership of every matter I’m on and never treat myself as just a “first-year.” With appropriate deference to senior colleagues, I expressed views on legal arguments and case strategy, and it garnered respect.
Describe your biggest win or accomplishment in practice. I represented Ravi Ragbir, a recognized immigrant-rights activist, in a high-profile First Amendment lawsuit. In a groundbreaking decision, the Second Circuit held that we stated a strong claim that ICE’s attempt to deport Ragbir in retaliation for outspoken criticism of U.S. immigration policy violates the First Amendment.
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