Mishi Choudhary is the legal director at the Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC), where she is the primary legal representative of many of the world’s most significant free software developers and nonprofit distributors, including Debian, the Apache Software Foundation, and OpenSSL, and consults with and advises established businesses and startups using free software in their products and service offerings in the US, Europe, India, China, and Korea. Mishi is also an attorney in good standing admitted to practice in New York State. She is the founder of SFLC.in, which under her direction has become the premier nonprofit organization representing the rights of internet users and free software developers in India. Since then, she has divided her time between New York and New Delhi, where she previously she practiced as a High Court and Supreme Court litigator. As of 2015, Mishi is the only lawyer in the world to simultaneously appear on briefs in the US and Indian Supreme Courts in the same term.
Mishi started working with SFLC following the completion of a fellowship during which she earned her LLM from Columbia Law School and was a Stone Scholar. In addition to an LLM, she has an LLB degree and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Delhi. Mishi is a member of the Bar Council of Delhi, licensed to appear before the Supreme Court of India, all the State High Courts in India, in the State of New York, and before the Southern District of New York. In 2015, she was named one of the Asia Society’s 21 young leaders building Asia’s future. In 2016 she was selected as an Aspen Fellow as part of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
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