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Tara K. Ramchandani
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(202) 728-1888

Education

J.D., Harvard Law School

B.A., Brown University, with honors

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia
Massachusetts

Clerkships

Honorable Algenon L. Marbley, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio

Practice

Ms. Ramchandani practices in civil rights litigation. She focuses on housing, lending, and public accommodations discrimination cases and has tried two cases to jury verdict.

Prior to joining Relman, Dane & Colfax, Ms. Ramchandani was a law clerk for the Honorable Algenon L. Marbley in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. Ms. Ramchandani was also previously an associate at Goodwin & Procter LLP, where she worked on a variety of litigation matters, including a lawsuit filed against the Massachusetts Bureau of Prisons for constitutional civil rights violations. During law school Ms. Ramchandani was co-Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review and a student-attorney in the Criminal Justice Institute.

Professional Activities

Ms. Ramchandani serves as an adjunct professor at Michigan Law School, where she teaches a fair housing course. She is also a frequent lecturer and presenter at universities and legal conferences, including at Harvard Law School, NYU Law School, and American University Washington College of Law. She has delivered keynote presentations at events hosted by the Delaware State Human Relations Commission and the Palm Beach County Office of Equal Opportunity.

Ms. Ramchandani is the author of Discriminatory Maintenance of REO Properties as a Violation of the Federal Fair Housing Act, 17 CUNY Law Review 383 (2015), and Recent Development: In re African-American Slave Descendants Litigation, 42 Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review 541 (2007).

Selected Published Cases

Ms. Ramchandani's better-known cases include:

  • Mary Morgan, et al. v. Richmond School of Health and Technology, Inc., 3:12-cv-00373 (E.D. Va.), a class action reverse redlining suit against a for-profit college that targeted African Americans and low-income neighborhoods for an education it knew to be inadequate, resulting in a $5 million settlement;
  • Whyte, et al. v. Alston Management, et al., 9:10-cv-81041 (S.D. Fla.), a Fair Housing Act jury trial concerning housing discrimination against families with children, resulting in a $1.05 million jury verdict for the plaintiffs;
  • Ross v. Choice Hotels, Inc., 882 F.Supp.2d 951 (S.D. Ohio 2012), a race discrimination case in which the court denied summary judgment and determined that franchisor may be held liable under a theory of apparent agency in public accommodations cases).

Honors and Awards

Ms. Ramchandani was named a Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers “Rising Star” in 2014 and 2015.