Pratheepan Gulasekaram

Prof. Pratheepan Gulasekaram

Professor of Law, Santa Clara University School of Law

Professor Gulasekaram teaches Constitutional Law and Immigration Law. His research currently focuses on the political and legal dynamics of state and local immigration regulations, and their effect on federal policies. His co-authored book, The New Immigration Federalism, provides an in-depth empirical and theoretical analysis of the recent resurgence of state and local immigration lawmaking. He has also extensively explored the relationship between the Second Amendment and immigrants, as a way of understanding constitutional protections for noncitizens. In addition to his scholarly publications, his commentary has appeared in the L.A. Times and the Washington Post, and in blogs for various national outlets. He is a graduate of Brown University and Stanford Law School.

Professor Gulasekaram joined the Santa Clara University School of Law faculty in 2007, and has also taught as Visiting Assistant Professor at Stanford Law School, Acting Assistant Professor of Lawyering at New York University School of Law and Visiting Assistant Professor at Loyola University Law School in New Orleans. Prior to academia, he was a litigation associate with O’Melveny & Meyers LLP and Susman Godfrey LLP, both in Los Angeles. He clerked for the Honorable Jacques L. Wiener Jr. on the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans. In addition, he is the co-founder of the World Children’s Initiative, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to improving health and educational infrastructure for children in developing areas around the world.


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