Chinh Q. Le

Legal Director

Chinh Q. Le is Legal Aid’s Legal Director. In that capacity, he oversees the organization’s legal program, which includes nearly 50 lawyers, fellows, and loaned associates, and five legal assistants/intake coordinators. Chinh currently serves on the Steering Committee of the D.C. Consortium of Legal Services Providers (and was Co-Chair from 2013 to 2016), the Board of Directors of the Washington Council of Lawyers, the PART Advisory Committee of the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center, and the Advisory Board of the D.C. Community Legal Interpreter Bank. From 2011 to 2013, he was Co-Chair of the Access to Justice Task Force of the ABA Section of Litigation. He has also served on the faculty of the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law’s Affirmative Litigation Training and the advisory committee of its Racial Justice Training Institute.

Immediately prior to joining Legal Aid in July 2011, Chinh was the Director of the Division on Civil Rights in the Office of the New Jersey Attorney General, where he led the state’s enforcement of state and federal civil rights and family leave laws. Between 2001 and 2006, he served as assistant counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc., in New York, New York, the first two years as a Skadden Fellow. Chinh spent the 2008-2009 academic year as a practitioner-in-residence at Seton Hall Law School and an adjunct associate research scholar at Columbia Law School, where he was affiliated with the Center for Institutional and Social Change. He has also worked as a litigation associate at Jenner & Block LLP.

Chinh received his B.A., with high distinction, from the University of Virginia and his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he served as Notes Editor of the Virginia Law Review, was elected to the Order of the Coif, and received several awards, including the Margaret G. Hyde Award, the Alumni Association’s Distinguished Student Award, and the Mary Clairborne & Roy H. Ritter Prize. Upon graduation, Chinh served as a law clerk to the Honorable Walter K. Stapleton of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. In September 2014, Chinh was recognized as one of D.C.’s Rising Stars by the National Law Journal for being one of 40 “game-changing lawyers age 40 and under” from the private, public, and advocacy sectors in the District.

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EDUCATION

J.D., University of Virginia School of Law
     Order of the Coif
     Virginia Law Review, Notes Editor
M.A., University of Virginia
B.A., with high distinction, University of Virginia

CONTACT

Email: cle@legalaiddc.org
Phone: (202) 386-6662
Fax: (202) 727-2132