Roopa is a multi-talented individual who has achieved success in a variety of disciplines: from law, entertainment (editor/writer/host/webcomic artist/illustrator), & science, to fashion (as a model, fashion week attorney), dance (ballet, tap, jazz, Indian classical), & music (lyricist, DJ). See list of some of her honors here (http://law.roopamodha.com/honors/). Roopa is also an author and illustrator. Roopa has always done her best to help the South Asian community, and is a well-known member of South Asian media.
Due to her commitment to charity and women’s rights, in 2015, Roopa was made an Ambassador for the internationally renowned “Girl Rising” organization.
- Girl Rising’s mission is to raise awareness about the need to educate girls and to fundraise for that cause.
- The organization is linked to Michele Obama’s Let Girls Learn Movement and is also associated with Priyanka Chopra and Freida Pinto.
- Roopa has written a children’s story “The Fish Who Wanted To Go To School” whose proceeds will go to girls’ education.
- Roopa has written lyrics to a song whose proceeds will go to girls’ education.
Education has always been important to Roopa and she has always topped her classes.
- She began taking computer science classes in college when she was only in 9th grade.
- Also, when in 9th grade, she had been selected by the John’s Hopkins Talent Search program to take a 1 semester neuroscience class at MIT. From 50 students, only 10 students were selected for the course, and Roopa was the only freshman.
- Roopa has an A.S. (Honors) in Computer Programming, B.S. (Honors) from Brandeis University in “Health: Science, Society, & Policy” (took many graduate level classes), and J.D. (Doctor of Law) from University of Connecticut: School of Law. o May 2014, she received a doctorate in law (JD) as well as 2 certificates in Intellectual Property Law and Tax Law – a combination rarely attempted.
- Roopa became a bar-qualified Attorney in November 2014 and founded her own solo practice – Roopa Modha Law & PR, LLC – in January 2015.
- Roopa has been commencement speaker 3 times – when she got her AS, BS, and JD – made history by becoming each college’s first South Asian commencement speaker
Roopa is an accomplished speaker & has organized & moderated panels on issues like domestic violence, rape laws, ethics & discrimination (in particular w/regards to S. Asians)
- While still a law student at UConn Law, she organized, moderated, and participated in panels with CT Supreme Court Judges to encourage dialogue on above-mentioned issues and educate attendees about laws in the US and abroad.
- 2014 – Roopa was a keynote at the Indian Consulate in NY’s summit on water sustainability and the water crisis in South Asia. Her talk was very well-received and appreciated by all – including Consul General Mulay – for being incredibly informative and for inspiring so many to donate towards the cause! See press here http://epaper.desitalk.com/2014_12_19/files/assets/basic-html/page28.html
- 2015 – Roopa was the youngest speaker at the Lead India 2020 Conference that was held in honor of ex-President APJ Abdul Kalamji. She spoke about the need to educate the girl child.