Sheila Bedi

Clinical Professor of Law


Sheila Bedi is a Clinical Professor of Law at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law and an attorney with the Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center. Her work focuses on ending mass imprisonment and enforcing the rights of people caught up in the criminal and juvenile justice systems. Previously, Bedi served as the deputy legal director of the Southern Poverty Law Center in New Orleans and Mississippi where she represented people who are imprisoned in federal class action litigation challenging abusive prison conditions and worked on community-based policy campaigns aimed at reducing incarceration rates, ensuring fairness in the administrative of justice, and improving access to public education and mental health services. Bedi worked with people who were formerly incarcerated and their families on hard fought campaigns that closed abusive prisons and jails, protected people who were imprisoned from sexual violence, improved access to counsel for poor defendants and people living behind bars, developed alternatives to imprisonment and reduced the number of children who are tried and convicted in the adult criminal justice system. Some of her honors include the Public Voices Fellowship, the Heroes for Children Award, the NAACP's Vernon Dahmer Award, the NAACP's Fannie Lou Hamer Award.

Areas of Expertise

  • Civil Rights
  • Civil Litigation


  • BA, Michigan State University
  • JD, American University
  • LLM, Georgetown University

Prior Appointments

  • Clinical Associate Professor of Law, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
  • Deputy Legal Director, Co- Director, Staff Attorney, 2003-2012, Southern Poverty Law Center
  • Executive Director, 2008-2009, Justice Policy Institute
  • Clinical Teaching Fellow/Civil Rights Staff Attorney, 2001-2003, Georgetown University Law Center

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