Adam Lange ’11
Adam is a 2011 graduate of Grinnell and the oldest of three children, all first-generation college students and Grinnell graduates. While attending Grinnell, Adam majored in Political Science and Gender, Women’s, & Sexuality Studies, captained the Mock Trial program, and studied off campus at Grinnell-in-Washington including an internship with the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights.
Following Grinnell, Adam attended the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York City. He graduated with concentrations in Litigation and Constitutional Law & Rights and was a two-year member of the Cardozo Moot Court Honor Society as a competitive oralist and Executive Board Member. During his time at Cardozo, Adam worked with the Unemployment Action Center where he represented claimants denied unemployment benefits in administrative hearings at the New York State Department of Labor, Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A as a member of the Low-Income Housing Group Representation Unit organizing and representing large groups of tenants in Brooklyn Housing Court, Cardozo Bet Tzedek Legal Services providing legal services to the elderly and disabled, and Lambda Legal where he worked on local and national LGBT litigation including same-sex marriage in New Jersey.
After graduating from Cardozo, Adam worked for three years with the Center for Family Representation, where he was court-appointed to represent low-income parents in child abuse, child neglect, custody, and termination of parental rights cases in Manhattan and Queens Family Courts. Because CFR closely coordinates their legal and social work teams in an interdisciplinary model, Adam also became familiar with navigating many of the social services and related agencies in and around New York City. Along with his teammates, he was able to successfully reunite many families who had been separated by the foster care system.
Adam presently works for Gitlin, Horn & Van de Kieft LLP where his current work is primarily focused on litigation on behalf of deaf and hard of hearing individuals across New York City. This includes cases of alleged discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act, the New York State Human Rights Law, and the New York City Human Rights Law where deaf individuals contend they were denied American Sign Language interpreters or other aids in a number of settings including police services, hospital admissions, and various city and related agencies including homeless shelters.