JUDGE 2021

Alphonso David

President, Human Rights Campaign

Alphonso B. David, an accomplished and nationally recognized LGBTQ civil rights lawyer and advocate, is the president of the Human Rights Campaign. Mr. David is the first civil rights lawyer and the first person of color to serve as president of HRC in the organization’s nearly 40-year history.

In 2015, Mr. David was appointed by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to serve as Counsel to the Governor. In this role, he has functioned as the Governor’s chief counsel and principal legal advisor, and managed all significant legal and policy deliberations affecting New York State. Prior to this, Mr. David served in the Governor’s cabinet as the Deputy Secretary and Counsel for Civil Rights, the first position of its kind in New York State, and as Special Deputy Attorney General for Civil Rights for the Office of the New York State Attorney General. He previously served as Deputy Commissioner and Special Counselor at the New York State Division of Human Rights.

Mr. David served as a staff attorney at the Lambda Legal Defense and Educational Fund. He served as a litigation associate at the law firm Blank Rome LLP, and began his legal career as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Clifford Scott Green in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

For the past decade, Mr. David has served as an Adjunct Professor of Law. He began his work in academia with Fordham University Law School and continued at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.

He is a graduate of the University of Maryland and Temple University School of Law.