Alexander Brooks

Al Brooks (he/him) is an Associate with Medina Orthwein LLP. Al pursues carceral state abolition and fights employment discrimination with a Black Queer Feminist lens.

Prior to joining Medina Orthwein, Al was the 2021-2022 George N. Lindsay Fellow at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law in DC. Al worked in the Lawyers’ Committee’s Criminal Justice Practice, fighting police brutality and unconstitutional prison conditions and organizing to overcome police unions in pursuit of decarceration.

Al received his J.D. in May 2021 from NYU Law, where he was a Root-Tilden-Kern Scholar. While in law school, Al interned with Medina Orthwein. He also interned with the Bronx Defenders in their Civil Action Practice and later their Impact Litigation Practice. Al also interned with the Promise of Justice Initiative in New Orleans, supporting legal and community advocacy for people incarcerated in Louisiana. He also interned with the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund working on voting rights and police brutality cases.

During law school, Al also directed the NYU Law Prison Teaching Project, teaching legal empowerment courses in New York prisons and Rikers. In addition, Al was in NYU’s Criminal Defense and Reentry Clinic and placed at the Legal Aid Society of New York in their Bronx office’s Criminal Defense Practice. Al was also a New York State Pro Bono Scholar, through which he spent his final semester of law school working full-time with the Phillips Black Project to represent people fighting their capital convictions. In partnership with Phillips Black, Al co-teaches a course on Death Sentencing and Justice at Tuskegee University, where he is an Adjunct Professor of Law Practice.

Prior to law school, Al worked under Felicia Medina’s leadership at Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP, fighting gender and race employment discrimination. Outside of work, Al has also organized with BYP100, the Black Freedom Project of New York, and Unlock the Bar. Al also enjoys hiking, Afrofuturism, and meditation.

Al is admitted to practice law in California and the District of Columbia.

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