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Patrick Cordova

New York University

Focus on Public Service



Erickson-Zoellers Point Scholar

Patrick grew up in Orlando, Florida and graduated from Winter Park High School. 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 and Leadership Institute, he helped to generate the necessary resources for LGBT candidates to win. Patrick received a Point Foundation scholarship to attend NYU School of Law, where he was a Root-Tilden-Kern public interest scholar, a Florence Allen Scholar, and a Fellow of the Center on the Administration of Criminal Law. He served as an editor of the Annual Survey of American Law, and interned at the US Department of the Treasury. After graduating from NYU Law in 2016, Patrick begins his career as a litigation associate at the law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. He also has been accepted for upcoming clerkships for the Honorable Naomi Reice Buchwald in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York, and the Honorable Patricia Ann Millett of the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

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