David Hinojosa


David Hinojosa is recognized as a national leading litigator, advocate, and thought leader in the area of civil rights, specializing in educational impact litigation and policy.

Hinojosa served as lead counsel for multiracial students and alumni defending affirmative action in the landmark cases Students for Fair Admissions v. University of North Carolina and Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard. He argued the UNC case in the Supreme Court.

At the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, he spearheads the organization’s cutting-edge racial justice litigation, policy, and advocacy work in education in support of historically marginalized communities of color. 

Hinojosa helped lead a successful challenge on behalf of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg NAACP branch in the historic school funding case Leandro v. State of North Carolina. 

At the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), his litigation and policy work assisted in desegregating schools, cultivating English learner programs, preserving the Texas DREAM Act, and enforcing immigrant rights. He has argued cases before the First and Fifth Circuits, and the supreme courts of Colorado and Texas.

Well-published and a frequent speaker at conferences and in national and local media, Hinojosa earned his bachelor's degree from New Mexico State University and his law degree from the University of Texas.

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