Munger, Tolles & Olson announced on Aug. 16, 2017 that Aditi Fruitwala is the first recipient of the firm’s Police Practices Fellowship.
Funded by Munger Tolles out of an award of attorneys’ fees the firm received for its work with the ACLU of Southern California in Vasquez v. Rackauckas, a groundbreaking case that led to significant constitutional protections for individuals accused of being gang members, the fellowship is offered to recent law school graduates to work at the ACLU of Southern California on police reform and police practices, with a particular focus on gang-related issues.
Selected from more than 55 applicants for the fellowship, Ms. Fruitwala joins the ACLU after working as the Education and Advocacy Chair at Satrang, a cultural and advocacy organization for the South Asian LGBTQ community. Prior to that work, Ms. Fruitwala served as a Deputy Attorney General at the California Department of Justice – Office of the Attorney General, where she worked on a wide range of policy projects, including medical marijuana, LGBT conversion camps and healthcare in California’s foster care system.
Ms. Fruitwala earned her J.D. from UC Berkeley School of Law and graduated with high honors in Civil Trial Practice, Evidence Law and Constitutional Law. During law school she was the co-editor-in-chief of the Berkeley Journal of Gender Law & Justice. In addition, Ms. Fruitwala was selected the recipient of the Farella, Braun + Martel Diversity Scholarship and the California Employment Lawyers Association Employee Justice Fellowship.