Pawanpreet Kaur DhaliwalAssociate
Pawanpreet Kaur Dhaliwal joined Siegel LeWitter Malkani as an Associate Attorney in 2017. She strives to provide compassionate and zealous legal representation to employees in a range of actions, including civil rights matters and labor arbitrations.
Education and Background
Over the past ten years, Ms. Dhaliwal has had the immense privilege of contributing to the efforts of diverse individuals and communities, including low-income youth of color demanding educational equity, and Muslim and Sikh immigrants confronting post-9/11 state surveillance and discrimination, respectively. She is dedicated to empowering marginalized communities, including her own.
Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Dhaliwal was a Staff Attorney at the Sikh Coalition. There, she provided direct legal services to Sikhs in California, including survivors of bias-based violence, and played an integral role in the organization’s nationwide impact litigation and advocacy efforts related to combating hate, profiling, employment discrimination and religious rights abuses.
Ms. Dhaliwal earned her Bachelor of Arts in Government from Harvard University, and her Juris Doctor from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. During law school, Ms. Dhaliwal was an Ella Baker Legal Intern at the Center for Constitutional Rights, a Law Clerk at Public Advocates, Inc., and a Clinical Student in the Housing Practice of the East Bay Community Law Center. She also served as a Student Representative to the Ad Hoc Public Interest Faculty Committee, and volunteered her time with a youth justice organization. Prior to law school, she worked on education civil rights issues as a Policy Associate at the Center for Educational Equity.
Ms. Dhaliwal is a member of the California State Bar Labor and Employment Section, the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA), the National Lawyers Guild of the San Francisco Bay Area (NLG-SF), and the South Asian Bar Association of Northern California (SABA-NC). She is a former Board Member, Civil Rights Committee Co-Chair and Pro Bono Committee Co-Chair for SABA-NC, and previously coordinated the organization's pro bono legal clinics in the South Bay.
Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Presentations
January 2017, How to Be a Good Ally: A Strategic Engagement Conference, “Hate Crimes, Anti-Semitism and the Rise of the White Nationalist Right,” Moderator
November 2016, 2016 NAPABA National Convention, “Diversity in the Military: Accommodations for Religious Minorities,” Panelist