Rita Sethi practices primarily housing and employment law. She handled Title VIII cases in federal and state courts and local agencies at Legal Services in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and The Open Housing Center, Inc., a non-profit fair housing advocacy organization, and taught the Fair Housing Clinic at Columbia Law School during its final semester.
She has practiced employment law as the Director of Investigations at the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action at Columbia University and as contract counsel for firms including Outten & Golden, a Manhattan firm specializing in workplace fairness.
At Hofstra, she co-teaches the Legal Interviewing, Counseling and Negotiating course and has taught the Summer Externship Program.
She has conducted trainings at CHHAYA CDC “Housing Challenges Among Immigrants in NYC”; COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY Profession of Law - Legal Ethics Course; N.Y. LAWYERS FOR THE PUBLIC INTEREST “Fair Housing Legal Training Workshop”; ASIAN AMERICANS FOR EQUALITY “Fair Housing Seminar for Legal Professionals”; and BROOKLYN LEGAL SERVICES “Identifying and Confronting Discrimination in Housing”.
Her writing has been published in “Smells Like Racism,” The State of Asian-America: Activism and Resistance in the 1990s, edited by Karin Aguilar-San Juan, South End Press, 1993 and “Speaking Up! Speaking Out! The Power of Student Speech in Law School Classrooms,” Rutgers Women’s Rights Law Reporter, Winter 1994.
Ms. Sethi is a graduate of Barnard College in Political Science and Northeastern University School of Law.