Shiwali Patel

Shiwali Patel

Director of Justice for Student Survivors and Senior Counsel, National Women's Law Center

Shiwali leads federal and state policy development and advocacy, litigation, and education addressing gender-based harassment in schools, including sexual harassment and sexual assault, and safer school climates. Previously, she was at the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR), where she worked on civil rights policy and legal guidance interpreting Title IX’s anti-discrimination protections, including schools’ responsibilities in responding to sexual harassment, protections for transgender and nonbinary students, and the rights of girls of color.  Before joining OCR, Shiwali was an Administrative Judge and investigator at the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Hearings and Appeals, a Special Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Columbia in the Sex Offense and Domestic Violence Unit, and a law clerk to the Honorable Laura A. Cordero at the Superior Court for the District of Columbia.  Prior to law school, Shiwali was a community educator at the District of Columbia Rape Crisis Center, where she conducted workshops and educational presentations for adults and adolescents on sexual assault, domestic and dating abuse, and sexual harassment, and was a trained hotline counselor and hospital advocate.

Shiwali also previously served as the Board President of the Asian/Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Resource Project (DVRP), as Vice President for Community Affairs of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of the Greater Washington, D.C. Area, Inc. (APABA-DC), and on the Board of Directors of APABA-DC Educational Fund. Shiwali graduated from American University Washington College of Law and Boston University.