My Le (they/them/theirs) is an Associate Attorney and Partner at Lal Legal, based in Texas. Prior to joining Lal Legal, My was the Accountability and Movement Lawyering Project Director at a Texas nonprofit, where they provided on-the-ground legal representation to grassroots organizations and directly-impacted people who are leading the way towards dismantling oppressive systems. My also lived, organized, and worked in New York City for six years. In NYC, My was a public defender and trial attorney in the criminal defense practice at The Bronx Defenders, a nationally recognized and leading public defender office, and handled a high volume of misdemeanor and felony cases from investigation to post-conviction. There, My relentlessly litigated evidentiary and trial issues that often led to swift dismissals and positive outcomes, and reduced the collateral and enmeshed harms clients faced from an arrest. My also specialized in providing unique “early defense” for any clients who were investigated by law enforcement to proactively limit clients’ exposure to bail and the criminal legal system.
My completed the following internships: in the Trial Division at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia; in the individual and class action practice groups at Outten & Golden, LLP; and in the immigration unit at the East Bay Community Law Center. While in law school, My completed the following clinics: representing non-citizens against dubious and coercive government “counterterrorism” policies and programs in the Immigrant and Non-Citizen Rights Clinic and CLEAR Project; defending public school students against superintendent’s suspensions and against termination of public assistance in the Economic Justice Project; and preparing parole applicants before the New York State Parole Board in the Parole Preparation Project.
My holds a J.D. from the City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law, where they became the namesake awardee for the CUNY Law Labor Coalition’s “My Le Exceptional Student Organizer” Award for their unparalleled impact on and support to students. My was a National Fred T. Korematsu Fellow in 2017 and a Sorensen Center for International Peace and Justice Fellow in 2016. Before law school, My organized with grassroots movements and other directly impacted individuals in San Antonio and nationally to end immigration criminalization, detention, and deportation through popular education, movement-building, and direct actions. During this time, My survived a thirty-day hunger strike and participated in civil disobedience at a U.S. Senator’s office.
My Le is licensed and admitted to practice law as an Attorney and Counselor at Law in all courts of the State of New York and Texas. My can practice immigration law all over the United States. In New York and Texas, their practice area is limited to state criminal and federal law matters.
My can help you with the following:
- Juris Doctor from City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law
- B.A. from University of Texas at San Antonio
- Texas Bar
- New York Bar
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
- Affinity Groups: National Lawyers Guild, Law for Black Lives, National Association for Public Defense, and National Association for Criminal Defense Lawyers
- UTSA Dreamers Resource Center, 2023 Keynote Speaker
- Namesake awardee for the CUNY Law Labor Coalition’s inaugural “My Le Exceptional Student Organizer” Award, 2017
- The CUNY Law Review, 2017
- National Fred T. Korematsu Institute, 2017
- LGBT Bar Association of the District of Columbia 2017 Community Equality Fellow
- Sorensen Center for International Peace and Justice, 2016 Fellow
- Board Secretary at Mekong NYC
- Legal consultant for Grassroots Leadership