Founder and Executive Director
Gautam Jagannath is a leading innovator and founding director of Social Justice Collaborative. Gautam’s skills as a trial lawyer and appellate advocate support SJC’s main services.
Gautam has always been passionate about defense law. He attended Northeastern University School of Law, the nation’s leading public interest law school, with the goal of becoming a public defender. However, after noticing the impact of criminal law on low-income immigrants, Gautam was drawn to the intersection between criminal and immigration law. Struck by the lack of access to counsel for immigrants he believed that forming SJC was a natural next step toward alleviating the lack of legal services for low-income noncitizen. As SJC is working toward becoming the immigration public defender, Gautam strives to increase representation for both detained and non-detained individuals.
Gautam teaches administrative law and sits on the Board of Directors for the Bay Area chapter of the National Lawyer’s Guild and the South Asian Bar Association. He is an active part of various progressive legal movements.
Gautam speaks Spanish and Tamil. He is a member of the California bar, the Northern District of California, the Central District of California, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court of the United States.
Gautam also is an alumnus from the One Justice Executive Fellowship Program.
JD – Northeastern University School of Law, 2012
MAe – Alliant International University, 2012
BS – University of California, Davis, 2007