Sowmya Sastri is an associate attorney at The Bloom Firm. Sowmya received her Bachelor’s degree from DePaul University, where she majored in Public Policy Studies with a focus on urban educational policy. After completing her undergraduate education, Sowmya worked in public and private K-12 schools in Chicago, IL focusing on literacy work and counseling. After completing a service year with Americorps’ Public Allies Chicago, she received her Juris Doctorate degree from Loyola University Chicago School of Law. While at Loyola Chicago, Sowmya focused her studies on child law, social justice, and trial advocacy. She graduated in the top ten percent of her class and received CALI awards in constitutional law, legal writing, and law & poverty. During law school, Sowmya interned at Cabrini Green Legal Aid with the Chicago Legal Advocacy for Incarcerated Mother’s program. Sowmya also interned with the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia and externed for the Honorable Ann Claire Williams on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. She was Co-President of the Cultural Impact Initiative at Loyola and a member of the Thomas Tang Moot Court Team, where she won best oralist at the national competition.
Prior to joining the firm, Sowmya worked at Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem (NDS) where she represented parents in child protection proceedings. While at NDS, Sowmya worked to protect families and end forced family separation by defending parents against the State of New York’s Administration for Children’s Services.
Sowmya also worked at Columbus State Community College as a Deputy Title IX Coordinator investigating allegations of sexual harassment, assault, and discrimination based on a protected class.
When Sowmya is not practicing law, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, traveling, and searching for the best tacos wherever she goes!