I am pleased to announce that Chinh Q. Le will be joining Legal Aid as our new Legal Director. Chinh brings significant experience and expertise to the position. Most recently, he has been the Director of the Division on Civil Rights for the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office. As the state’s chief civil rights officer, Chinh oversaw a staff of 70 lawyers, support staff, and administrative personnel in four offices across New Jersey. He has been responsible for helping to develop New Jersey’s civil rights agenda, as well as managing a docket of hundreds of active housing, employment, and public accommodation matters.
Chinh has a B.A and M.A in American Government from the University of Virginia (1997, 2001) and a J.D. from University of Virginia School of Law (2000). After graduating from law school, Chinh clerked for the Honorable Walter K. Stapleton of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He then worked for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, first as a Skadden Fellow, then as an assistant counsel. Chinh has also served as an associate at Jenner & Block, an adjunct associate research scholar at Columbia University School of Law and a practitioner-in-residence at Seton Hall University School of Law in the Center for Social Justice.
Chinh and his wife, Vanita Gupta, Deputy Legal Director of the American Civil Liberties Union, have one son. We look forward to welcoming Chinh at Legal Aid on July 5, 2011.