Danielle (Danny) King, Esq. he/she/they & prefix: Mx.

Senior Youth Policy Counsel

Danielle (Danny) King is the Senior Youth Policy Counsel at the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), where they practice through an intersectional lens to advance the well-being of LGBTQ youth through community education, collaboration with coalitions, and public policy advocacy, particularly for LGBTQ youth impacted by the Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Systems. Danielle (Danny) first joined NCLR in 2021, as a Gender Equality Attorney where they engaged in legal research and training, assisted in amicus brief support, and tracked nationwide litigation related to sex discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation since the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Bostock v. Clayton County. 

Prior to joining NCLR, Danielle (Danny) was a Staff Attorney in the Community Justice Unit at the Legal Aid Society providing legal support to community organization members in a variety of legal matters such as child support, custody/visitation, birth certificate corrections and criminal surrenders as well as conducting “Know Your Rights” trainings and helping lead the pre-arraignment criminal diversion program, Project Reset, in Queens County. Danielle (Danny) also served for multiple years as an Attorney for the Child in the Juvenile Rights Practice at the Legal Aid Society, where they represented youth between the ages of 0-21 in abuse and neglect proceedings as well as juvenile delinquency arraignments. 

In addition to their trial experience, Danielle (Danny) has conducted numerous CLE trainings and presentations on the issues LGBTQ youth face in the Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice systems and how race, class, and culture affect the reasons why BIPOC children and families are disproportionately brought into various court legal systems, specifically criminal, family and housing courts. From 2020 to 2023, Danielle (Danny) served as Co-chair of New York City Bar Association’s LGBTQ Rights Committee in which they worked diligently on a project to bestow a portrait of the late Judge Deborah Batts which was unveiled in Oct. 2023.

Danielle (Danny) attained a J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law (2016), an M.A. in Urban Affairs from CUNY-Queens College (2012), and a B.A. in English from Michigan State University (2009).

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Languages Spoken: Bajan dialect (fluent), Spanish (Intermediate)