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Ruchi Desai

Ruchi Desai

Lecturer in Law

699 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90089-0074 USA

Last Updated: July 27, 2018




Ruchi Desai is the head of strategy and operations at Purple Technologies, LLC, a technology startup building a smart jewelry product. She also serves as Senior Counsel to interface rehab, inc., a healthcare services company based in Orange County. At both Purple and interface rehab, her responsibilities include overseeing operations and process improvement efforts, driving corporate strategy, generating leads and driving business development efforts, coordinating capital raises, handling transactional legal matters, and assisting human resources with both compliance and discrete employment issues.

Desai practiced for two years in the New York office of a mid-sized, LA-based law firm handling intellectual property, litigation, corporate, and entertainment matters. Prior to law school, she spent two years trading credit default swaps at Rockview Capital, a market neutral hedge fund based in New York.

Desai holds an LLM, specializing in Intellectual Property, from the London School of Economics and Political Science, a JD from Harvard Law School, and a bachelor’s degrees in Finance and International Studies from the Wharton School and the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania, respectively.
 

FACULTY IN THE NEWS

The Tribune
December 6, 2018
Re: Elyn Saks

Elyn Saks was quoted in an article exploring the economic and social costs that occur due to the mistreatment of persons suffering from mental illness. "Thirty years ago, I was given a diagnosis of Schizophrenia," she said. "My prognosis was ‘grave’: I would never live independently, hold a job, find a loving partner, or get married. My home would be a board-and-care facility, my days spent watching TV in a day room with other people debilitated by mental illness.” The author of the article went on to discuss the ways that people dealing with mental health issues should be cared for, arguing that they "have the right to live with dignity just as anyone with diabetes or hypertension or heart disease. Mental illness, after all, is an illness like any other."

RECENT SCHOLARSHIP

Sam Erman
September, 2018

Sam Erman wrote an op-ed, "Devastation Without Representation in Puerto Rico," posted to The Los Angeles Times on September 20, 2018.

Gregory Keating
September, 2018

"Principles of Risk Imposition and the Priority of Avoiding Harm," Revus [Online] (2018).

Jody David Armour
September, 2018

"Where Bias Lives in the Criminal Law and its Processes: How Judges and Jurors Socially Construct Black Criminals," American Journal of Criminal Law 45 (2018): 203.