Senior Staff Attorney, Family Defense Practice
Nila Natarajan joined the BDS Family Defense Practice in January 2015. Prior to BFDP, she worked as a Law Clerk for the Honorable Arthur J. Tarnow, Senior District Court Judge, for the Eastern District of Detroit. During her clerkship, she volunteered at the Ruth Ellis Center, a vital resource for Detroit’s runway, at-risk, and homeless LGBTQ youth.
Ms. Natarajan earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt). While there, she interned at both the Prison Law Office and ACLU, National Prison Project, where she assisted with class-action prisoners’ rights litigation, including research, writing, and monitoring prison conditions. Ms. Natarajan also interned at the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, where she performed direct services and legal advocacy on behalf of low-income transgender, intersex, and gender nonconforming people of color.
During the course of her study, she participated in the International Human Rights Law Clinic, where she researched and drafted a report addressing traditional, formal, and informal justice responses to sexual and genderbased violence in post-conflict Liberia, and acted as a research assistant for Professor Russell Robinson, assisting in scholarly research around the intersections of race, gender, sexuality, and the law.
Ms. Natarajan earned a B.A. in Sociology with a minor in Africana Studies from New York University. During her undergraduate studies at NYU, she expanded on her understanding of institutionalized systems of power and oppression in domestic and international contexts, which she began as a young person and member of City of Peace, a youth empowerment organization based in Washington, D.C.