Alphonso David

Adjunct Professor of Law

Deputy Secretary for Civil Rights, Office of the New York State Governor


B.A., 1992, University of Maryland;
J.D., 2000, Temple University


Alphonso David is a civil rights attorney, law professor and policy advisor with significant litigation and management experience in the public, private, and not- for-profit sectors.


In January 2011, he was appointed by Governor Andrew Cuomo as Deputy Secretary and Counsel for Civil Rights, the first position of its kind in New York State. In this role, he works on a full range of legal, policy, legislative and operational matters affecting civil rights and labor throughout the State. He previously served as Special Deputy Attorney General for Civil Rights for the Office of the New York State Attorney General, where he managed Assistant Attorneys General on a variety of state-wide anti-discrimination cases, including employment and housing discrimination, fair lending, reproductive rights and anti- bias claims. He was also responsible for strategic planning, case development, and policy analysis.


Prior to joining the Attorney General’s Office, David served as Deputy Commissioner for Operations and Special Counselor to the Commissioner for the New York State Division of Human Rights. He also previously served as a Staff Attorney at Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund where he litigated cases relating to marriage, parenting rights, discrimination in schools and access to health care.


Prior to working in public and non-profit sectors, he served as Corporate Counsel for Canyon at Peace Park; and a Litigation Associate at the law firm, Blank Rome LLP. David 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.


David also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Fordham University School of Law and Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.

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