Reena Parikh is an Assistant Clinical Professor and Director of the Civil Rights Clinic at Boston College Law School. The Civil Rights Clinic addresses issues affecting low-wage workers, immigrants, and communities of color in Massachusetts through litigation and policy advocacy. Students in the clinic have the opportunity to practice and reflect upon different kinds of lawyering, including individual client representation, as well as community and movement lawyering.
Prior to joining the BC Law faculty, Professor Parikh was a Robert M. Cover Clinical Teaching Fellow at Yale Law School, where she co-taught in the Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic. The matters she co-supervised included civil rights and habeas corpus litigation in U.S. District Courts and the representation of grassroots community organizations on legislative advocacy campaigns. She also taught an Introduction to Legal Analysis and Writing course.
Professor Parikh began her legal career as Associate Counsel in the Office of the Chief Counsel for United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. During her tenure in the federal government, she also completed a detail as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of New York. Professor Parikh clerked for the Honorable Margaret B. Seymour of the U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina.
Professor Parikh earned her J.D. from American University Washington College of Law, where she graduated summa cum laude and was a Public Interest/Public Service Scholar. She received her B.A. cum laude from Boston College, where she was a Gabelli Presidential Scholar.