Jayashri Srikantiah

Engineer and Attorney

Jayashri Srikantiah

Jayashri Srikantiah is a staff attorney at the Immigrants' Rights Project of the National Office of the American Civil Liberties Union. Through offices in New York and San Francisco, the Project enforces the rights of immigrants and refugees through a program of litigation, education, and public advocacy. Ms. Srikantiah is currently working on litigation challenging the indefinite detention policies of the INS in various district courts and the Fifth and Ninth Circuits. Due in part to the Project's brief and argument, a five-judge panel in the Western District of Washington recently held that the INS's indefinite detention policy is unconstitutional.
Ms. Srikantiah has also participated in litigation challenging the prohibitions on judicial review enacted by the 1996 Anti-Terrorism and Immigration Reform acts in the Fifth, Ninth, and Tenth Circuits. Thus far, the Project has successfully defeated the Clinton Administration?s interpretation of the new ?court-stripping? laws in the First, Second, Third, Fifth, Sixth, Eighth, Tenth, and Eleventh Circuits. Ms. Srikantiah was part of the team that successfully prevented the government from obtaining certiorari to the Supreme Court in two of these cases.

Before joining the Project, Ms. Srikantiah was a litigation associate at the law firm of Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk & Rabkin in San Francisco. Prior to joining Howard, Rice, Ms. Srikantiah clerked for the Honorable David R. Thompson of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Ms. Srikantiah received her J.D., magna cum laude, from New York University Law School in 1996. At NYU, she served as Senior Note and Comment Editor for the New York University Law Review, and Co-Chair of the South Asian Law Students Association. Ms. Srikantiah was presented the Frank T. Dierson Prize for her Note about the Internet and copyright enforcement. Before going to law school, Ms. Srikantiah was an engineer at at Intel Corporation as an engineer on the 486SLTM and PentiumTM Processor teams. She received her B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley.

She is an active member of the Asian American Bar Association Civil Rights Committee.