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Ruchi Desai

Ruchi Desai

Lecturer in Law

Last Updated: Wednesday, September 13, 2017

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

Ruchi Desai is the head of strategy and operations at Purple, Inc., 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, respectively, the Wharton School and the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania.


Buzzfeed News
March 18, 2018
Re: Niels W. Frenzen

Niels Frenzen was quoted on the lower evidentiary standard for arresting someone based on immigration status instead of a criminal act. The majority of immigration arrests in the United States are warrantless arrests, Frenzen said. "I don’t know if that is the case with this recent arrest in San Diego, but if CBP really had evidence that she was involved in a transnational human smuggling operation of some kind, that would definitely be a case where CBP would seek to criminally prosecute first and deport second," Frenzen said. "So the fact that CBP has arrested her on the civil law violations suggests that CBP does not have enough evidence to convince a judge to issue a criminal arrest warrant."


Robert K. Rasmussen
January, 2018

"Puerto Rico and the Netherworld of Sovereign Debt Restructuring," Workshop, Duke Law School, Durham, NC. 

Pauline Aranas
January, 2018

Pauline Aranas participated on a panel on "Effective Assessment:  Measuring Your Law Library's Impact" at the Association of American Law School's Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA.

Pauline Aranas
January, 2018

Pauline Aranas concluded her year-year term on the Executive Committee of the Association of American Law School's Section on Law Libraries and Legal Information.