Scholar Class – 2013
Patrick Cordova is a dedicated public servant and civil rights advocate. His commitment to serving the public interest began in 2000 as an eager phone bank volunteer for the Gore/Lieberman campaign. Since then, he’s been involved with efforts to engage young people in the political process, to improve access to mental healthcare on college campuses, and to elect LGBT people to public office. Patrick grew up in Orlando, Florida and graduated from Winter Park High School’s International Baccalaureate program. In the summer between his junior and senior years of college, Patrick received the Stanford Pride fellowship at the Bronx Community Pride Center. Charged with developing social service programs and providing care to clients, he frequently confronted public policy that adversely affected LGBT Bronx residents in seeking healthcare, housing, and education.
After graduating from Stanford University in 2009, Patrick sought to repeal those discriminatory policies by electing LGBT advocates to positions of public influence. As finance director for Steve Pougnet for Congress and Gary Schiff for Mayor of Minneapolis, and as the Midwestern fundraiser for the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, he helped to generate the necessary resources for candidates to win. Patrick is delighted to benefit from Point’s mentoring program and leadership development opportunities that complement legal coursework, as well from the support and motivation that the community of scholars generates. He is a Root-Tilden-Kern Filomen M. D’Agostino Public Service Scholar for Civil Rights, Civil Liberties and/or Criminal Justice at New York University School of Law. He aims to become a federal prosecutor after law school.