Volunteer Attorney

Chinh Q. Le is a Volunteer Staff Attorney. From 2011 to 2021, he served as Legal Aid’s Legal Director. Prior to joining Legal Aid, 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.

Chinh is a member of the Board of Directors of the Poverty & Race Research Action Council and serves on the District of Columbia Access to Justice Commission, to which he was appointed by the D.C. Court of Appeals in 2020. He also serves on the Advisory Committee of the Racial Justice Institute of the Shriver Center on Poverty Law and on the faculty for the Shriver Center’s Affirmative Litigation Training. From 2013 to 2016, Chinh served as Co-Chair of the D.C. Consortium of Legal Services Providers, a coalition of more than 30 legal services organizations in the District of Columbia. From 2011 to 2013, he was Co-Chair of the Access to Justice Task Force of the ABA Section of Litigation.
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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


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