Namita joined Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund in 2014. Prior to DREDF, Namita was a Senior Attorney in the Appeals and Special Litigation unit of Mental Hygiene Legal Service in New York, where she worked for nearly seven years representing people with mental illnesses and developmental disabilities facing involuntary confinement, medication over objection, and other losses of liberty. She has also previously worked for Judge Theodor Meron in the Appeals Chamber at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and the Former Yugoslavia.
In 2006, Namita received her J.D. in from Cornell Law School, where she received the Freeman Award for Civil and Human Rights advocacy. While in law school, she interned at the American Civil Liberties Washington Legislative Office, the Center for Constitutional Rights, Cornell’s Legal Aid, Labor Law, and International War Crimes Research Clinics. Before law school, Namita was an outreach worker in rural India at Deepshikha, an institute for child development and mental health. Namita received her B.A. in Political Science, magna cum laude, from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2002.