Vinita Bali

Managing Director, Center for Global Law & Policy


Vinita Bali joined the faculty of Santa Clara University School of Law in August 2002 as the Director of the Academic Success Program. Prior to this appointment, she practiced law as a business litigator for three years, and then as a transactional attorney for the Silicon Valley Law Group for several years. Her main responsibilities as a transactional attorney were in the following areas: mergers and acquisitions, investor financing and corporate funding, business formation and corporate governance, securities compliance for privately held and public companies. She remains Of Counsel to Silicon Valley Law Group.

Prior to attending law school, Ms. Bali worked for six years at a non-profit representing severely disabled individuals in Federal and State administrative courts. Ms. Bali believes in the empowerment of individuals through education, and continues to work towards this goal through her work at the law school and as a member of the Board of Directors of various non-profit groups.


LL.M., Santa Clara University School of Law

J.D., Santa Clara University School of Law

Foreign Fellowship, Mount Holyoke College, Massachusetts

B.S., St. Francis’ College, India

Affiliations and Honors

  • Member, the Board of Santa Clara University School of Law Alumni Association
  • Member, Board of Director of the non-profit group HOPE Services
  • Member, Board of Directors of Santa Clara County Women Lawyer’s Committee
  • Member, Board of Directors of non-profit Attorneys Helping Education and Development
  • Legal Studies Steering Committee Advisory Board, East Side Union High School District



Data Privacy, Data Piracy: Can India Provide Adequate Protection for Electronically Transferred Data?, 21 Temple International and Comparative Law Journal 103-146 (2007) | Link to Full Text

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, Who's the Freest of Them All: A Comparison of Selected Issues Pertaining to Freedom of Religion in the USA and India, 11 Journal of World Constitutions 117-138 (2005)

Other Articles

Helping Students Recognize and Survive Fear in Law School, [2006] Learning Curve 5-6 (Spring 2006) | Link to Full Text

Righting the Inverted Pyramid: A Student-Driven, Problem-Based Approach to Teaching Law, [2005] Learning Curve 8-10 (Spring 2005) | Link to Full Text