The Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia announced today that it has hired long-time civil rights attorney Chinh Le as its new legal director.
Le has led the civil rights division of the New Jersey attorney general's office since July 2009. Previously, Le was on the faculty of Seton Hall Law School, served as an assistant counsel to the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and worked as an associate in Jenner Block’s New York office.
He’ll officially start with Legal Aid on July 5. Le will oversee the group’s 25 attorneys, social workers and other program staff.
“We are delighted that Chinh will be joining Legal Aid as its next Legal Director,” said Eric Angel, Legal Aid’s executive director, in a statement. “We have been taking on ambitious projects in recent years… It is wonderful to know that someone of Chinh’s talent and experience is taking the helm during this important time.”
For more on the current state of legal aid groups around the country, check out the National Law Journal’s March feature, “The Power of Hope.”
National Law Journal photo by Diego M. Radzinschi.