Alphonso David Joins Lambda Legals National Headquarters, Will Assist on Lambda Legals Lawsuit for Marriage Equality in New York

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New Staff Attorney to speak at Gay Men of African Descent's forum on same-sex marriage tonight
May 7, 2004

(New York, May 7, 2004) - Lambda Legal announced today that Alphonso David, a respected litigator who clerked for a federal judge and interned with the Public Defender Office of Philadelphia, has joined the legal team in Lambda Legal’s national headquarters in New York as a Staff Attorney.

David will work on a variety of cases, and will be concentrating on Lambda Legal’s lawsuit on behalf of five New York same-sex couples seeking the right to marry. Currently, the lawsuit is before a Manhattan court awaiting New York City attorneys’ reply, which is due later this month.

“We are thrilled that Alphonso has decided to join our legal team and fight for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and those with HIV,” said Gary Buseck, Legal Director at Lambda Legal. “Alphonso will be a great asset as we continue our fight for marriage equality in New York, New Jersey and beyond.”

David will be speaking on Lambda Legal’s behalf tonight at Gay Men of African Descent’s forum on same-sex marriage. The event is tonight at 8:30 p.m. at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center (208 West 13th Street, NYC).

Most recently, David was corporate counsel for the Canyon at Peace Park in Malibu, Calif., where he provided general corporate transactional support to the addiction treatment provider. Prior to that, he spent two years as an Associate at Philadelphia law firm Blank Rome and another year as the law clerk for U.S. Judge Clifford Scott Green.

A graduate of Temple University School of Law in 2000, David was on Temple University’s National Trial Team that won the 1998 National Institute for Trial Advocacy Tournament of Champions. David published “Bragdon v. Abbott: The United States Supreme Court Refined Disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act” in Temple Political and Civil Rights Law Review in 1999.

“We are at a critical time in the march for equal rights and I cannot be more proud than to be working at Lambda Legal at this historic moment. Lambda Legal is changing the national landscape for the LGBT community in such areas as employment, LGBT youth in schools and relationship recognition,” David said.

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