Associate Professor of Law
Associate Dean for Student and Alumni Engagement
Director of the Institute for Trial and Appellate Practice
Tel. 714.444.4141 ext. 231
Building Two, Room 231
Since joining the faculty in 2003, Professor Pathak has taught civil procedure, federal courts, advanced appellate advocacy, remedies, torts, and evidence. Her scholarship focuses on the federal courts and is animated by a desire to evaluate critically what principled limits can and should restrict federal judicial power viz a viz the state courts. She currently serves on the Amicus Brief Committee of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association.
An accomplished appellate advocate, Professor Pathak has represented parties before the United States Supreme Court in several cases including , 546 U.S. 189 (2006) and , 552 U.S. 214 (2008). Prior to entering academia, Professor Pathak was a business litigator and served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Raymond C. Fisher of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Professor Pathak received her J.D. from the New York University Law School where she was a notes development editor of the . She received her B.A. in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley where she was a Chancellor’s Scholar and received the Wollenberg Award for Excellence in Debate.