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Nishi Kumar

Head of Medical-Legal Projects, Medical Justice Alliance

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Location: New Orleans, LA
Start Year: 2023
TRHT Pillar: Law


Nishi Kumar is currently the head of Medical-Legal Projects at the Medical Justice Alliance. Nishi is an experienced civil rights attorney and was most recently the Director of Civil Litigation at the Promise of Justice Initiative, in New Orleans, Louisiana. There, she advocated on behalf of and alongside currently and formerly incarcerated people throughout Louisiana, specifically at the intersection of mass incarceration and healthcare. She is an adjunct professor at Loyola Law School, where she teaches an incarceration seminar. Nishi graduated from NYU Law School in 2015, where she was a Hays Civil Liberty fellow, a Notes Editor on the NYU Law Review, and co-chair of the South Asian Law Students Association. After law school, she clerked for Judge Paul Watford on the Ninth Circuit and Judge Jesse Furman on the Southern District of New York. Prior to law school, she was a middle school math teacher in New Orleans.



Future Focus

Nishi Kumar has been working on building a network of volunteer medical professionals, both through her work in Louisiana and her new role at the Medical Justice Alliance, and connecting them with attorneys who represent people who are incarcerated. These medical professionals help advocate for people in a variety of ways, including for release based on medical condition, better conditions and health care, and appropriate mental health care. 




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