Esha Bhandari

Esha Bhandari, Staff Attorney

Esha joined the Center in 2013 and works on a range of litigation actions, including the Center’s lawsuit against a Texas omnibus bill passed in 2013.

She comes to the organization from the American Civil Liberties Union, where she was an Equal Justice Works Fellow/Attorney in the Immigrants’ Rights Project, focusing on litigation throughout the country to protect the due process rights of immigrants who are detained. Prior to her fellowship, she clerked with Judge Amalya L. Kearse at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Esha is a graduate of Columbia University School of Law, where she was a recipient of the Robert Noxon Toppan Prize in constitutional law and the Archie O. Dawson Prize for advocacy.  She served on the board of the Columbia Law Women’s Association, as articles editor of the Columbia Law Review, as a staff member of the Columbia Journal of Gender and Law, and as a member of the Human Rights Clinic.  She earned her BA (Honours) from McGill University, where she received the Allen Oliver Gold Medal in political science, and she also holds an MS from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.