Queens-dependent legal professional Glenn D. Magpantay appointed to US Fee on Civil Rights

Queens-primarily based civil legal rights lawyer and professor Glenn D. Magpantay was sworn into the US Commission on Civil Rights on February 15 at the advice of Senate Majority Chief Chuck Schumer and Queens Congressmember Grace Meng.

Magpantay, who was currently an advisor to the commission, will serve a 6-calendar year expression as a person of eight commissioners. The fee is tasked with upholding civil legal rights regulation in the United States by conducting investigations pertaining to difficulties like voting legal rights and discrimination and issuing suggestions to congressmembers and the president.

The Commission on Civil Rights’ team director, Mauro Morales, swore Magpantay into business office on February 15.

“We are pleased to welcome Commissioner Glenn D. Magpantay to be a element of the US Commission on Civil Legal rights,” Morales stated in an announcement. “His a long time of impactful plan-generating encounter in civil rights and in the federal govt make Commissioner Magpantay an remarkable addition to our slate of commissioners. We glance ahead to incorporating his working experience and judgment in progressing the mission of the Commission, developing extensive civil rights plan, and overseeing the enforcement of civil rights laws.”

Magpantay is the principal at a non-earnings authorized business named Magpantay & Associates, in accordance to Crains New York, and serves as the chair LGBT Committee of the Asian American Bar Affiliation of New York. He has also labored for the Asian American Legal Defense Fund and juggled a number of educating gigs — including teaching race and the legislation at Brooklyn Regulation School and Asian American civil legal rights at Hunter College.

Magpantay was honored at Homosexual Town News’ Impression Awards in 2016 when he was the government director of the Countrywide Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance. He is also a previous co-chair of the Gay Asian & Pacific Islander Adult males of New York was a speaker at the 1994 National March on Washington for Lesbian, Homosexual, and Bi Equal Rights and Liberation.

Notably, Magpantay, who is Filipino-American, would be the only Asian American personal on the fee, in accordance to Meng. The fee consists of four presidential appointees and 4 congressional appointees. Amongst the recent appointees incorporate out homosexual previous New York congressmember Mondaire Jones, who lately left Capitol Hill after just one expression in place of work.

“I am proud to propose the extraordinary Glenn Magpantay for the United States Commission on Civil Rights,” Schumer claimed in a prepared statement. The Senate greater part chief mentioned he is “ confident” that Magpantay “will carry his comprehensive legal, management and educational working experience to his get the job done on the commission.”

“Mr. Magpantay will be the only American Asian Pacific Islander on the commission and his appointment also boosts LGBTQ illustration, and I am honored to propose a commissioner who brings this kind of extensive experience and skills in American civil legal rights legislation, the Voting Legal rights Act and the values of equality and respect for all,” Schumer additional. 

Meng, in a created statement of her own, explained Magpantay as “an remarkable citizen, neighbor, civil legal rights attorney and activist.” She explained he is one of her constituents in District 6.

“Few folks have the working experience and enthusiasm as Glenn and that is showcased as a result of his a long time of function at the Asian American Legal Protection Fund and as an LGBTQ legal rights activist, acknowledged across the country,” Meng claimed. “Civil rights in the United States are a advanced difficulty and they are ideal addressed through various diverse lenses. And whilst Glenn will be the only Asian American on the fee, his working experience as a litigator, professor, activist, and author will provide a depth of understanding that will enable grow the commission’s capacity to investigate statements of civil rights violations. Thank you to Senator Schumer for recommending these kinds of an amazing member of the Queens group, and I appear forward to viewing all the perform he will achieve as a component of the commission.”

Magpantay could not promptly be reached for remark on February 15.