My guest will be Alphonso David. We will be discussing New York State's "Work for Success" program which encourages employers to hire formerly incarcerated New Yorkers.
Mr. David was appointed as Deputy Secretary for Civil Rights, the first position of its kind in New York State, in January 2011. In this role, he is responsible for a full range of legal, policy, legislative and operational matters affecting civil rights and labor state-wide. Prior to joining the Governor’s Office, Mr. David served as Special Deputy Attorney General for Civil Rights for the Office of the New York State Attorney General, where he supervised Assistant Attorneys General and managed strategic planning, case development, and policy analysis. He also served previously as Deputy Commissioner and Special Counselor at the New York State Division of Human Rights, a litigation associate at the law firm Blank Rome LLP, and a staff attorney at the Lambda Legal Defense and Educational Fund. At Lambda, Mr. David prosecuted and defended precedent-setting civil rights cases across the country affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals and those living with HIV including marriage, parenting rights, discrimination in schools and access to health care. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at Cardozo Law School and Fordham University Law School, where he teaches ‘‘Constitutional Law: Sexuality and the Law.’’ Mr. David is a graduate of the University of Maryland and Temple University School of Law and served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Clifford Scott Green in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.