Currey Cook is a Senior Staff Attorney and the Director of the Youth in Out-of-Home Care Project in the National Headquarters Office of Lambda Legal, the oldest and largest national legal organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and people with HIV.
Before joining Lambda Legal in 2013, Cook was the Co-Director of the Bronx office of The Children’s Law Center New York (CLCNY), a non-profit law firm representing children in custody, visitation, guardianship, domestic violence, paternity, and related child abuse and neglect proceedings in New York City Family Court, for three and a half years. While at CLCNY, Cook led the organizations efforts to work more effectively with LGBTQ clients and their families and represented the organization on a NYC Family Court committee dedicated to addressing LGBTQ issues.
Prior to his work at CLCNY, Cook served as a consultant to The National Juvenile Defender Center in Washington, D.C. and presented on the defender’s role in reducing disproportionate minority representation in the juvenile justice system and other topics. In addition, he worked in Burundi on an American Bar Association’s Rule of Law Initiative to assist with reintegrate former child soldiers into the community and, in 2009, served as a visiting professor for the Child Advocacy Clinic at Rutgers Law School Newark.
Before relocating to the New York City in 2009, Cook lived in Anchorage, Alaska and was an attorney with the Office of Public Advocacy (OPA) for twelve years. Cook worked as a juvenile defense attorney and guardian ad litem and later as supervising attorney of OPA’s Child Advocacy Section. In addition to his work at OPA, he has provided pro bono immigration legal services for more than half of his career. Mr. Cook helped create and lead the Special Immigrant Juvenile Project devoted to providing pro bono representation to undocumented immigrant children involved in state court proceedings and successfully represented two gay men seeing political asylum. Cook was the recipient of the Alaska Bar Association Pro Bono Service Award for a Public Sector Attorney in 2006. He has also received a Light of Hope Award for his advocacy on behalf of abused and neglected children in Alaska.
Cook graduated from the University of Georgia with a B.A. in Journalism (Broadcast News) and was a radio reporter while in college. He received his law degree, cum laude, from Mercer University in 1994. He served as managing editor of the Mercer Law Review and Chief Justice of the Honor Court.