Senior Counsel, National Women’s Law Center

Shiwali Patel is a senior counsel at the National Women’s Law Center where she advocates for educational equity and empowerment for girls, particularly girls of color who have experienced sexual harassment. Previously, she was at the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR), where she worked on civil rights policy and legal guidance interpreting Title IX. Before joining OCR, Shiwali was an Administrative Judge and attorney advisor 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. Before law school, Shiwali worked at the D.C. Rape Crisis Center as a community educator and conducted workshops and educational presentations for adults and adolescents on sexual assault, domestic and dating abuse, and sexual harassment. Shiwali graduated from American University Washington College of Law and Boston University (International Relations, with a minor in Women’s Studies).