Jael Humphrey is a Staff Attorney for 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 those with HIV.
Humphrey’s work has a particular focus on issues that affect LGBT people of color, LGBT immigrants and low-income LGBT communities. In this capacity, she is working to expand Lambda Legal’s work addressing the legal needs of LGBT and HIV-affected people who identify across intersecting lines of race, ethnicity and socioeconomic class through litigation, public education and policy advocacy.
Previously, Humphrey worked as a litigation associate at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP. As part of her active pro bono practice, Humphrey represented LGBT and HIV-positive clients in family court and immigration court.
During the 2012 election, Humphrey was Director of the Voter Protection State Hotline for Organizing for America - Florida. Prior to law school, Humphrey worked for the Center for Human Rights Legal Action and the Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala.
Humphrey received her law degree from Yale Law School and her Masters in International Relations from Yale Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. She served as executive editor for the Yale Human Rights and Development Law Journal, cultural affairs co-chair of the Black Law Students Association, and on the national board of directors for Law Students for Reproductive Justice. Humphrey served as a law clerk to Judge J. Paul Oetken in the U.S. District Court in the Southern District of New York and then to Judge Lorna G. Schofield in the Southern District of New York. She graduated magna cum laude from Columbia University with a BA in Political Science and Latin American Studies.