Dominique Day






Dominique Day is a partner to the firm, involved in litigation, transnational work, and systemic reform. Her litigation practice focuses on individual and class representation, including civil rights, criminal and family defense, consumer class action, police and governmental misconduct, international human rights and other general and/or complex civil litigation. Dominique’s transnational practice involves supporting individuals and organizations in non-profit and social enterprise spaces. Dominique has investigated, litigated, and tried a wide range of civil and criminal cases. She is currently involved in the remedial phase of the ground-breaking stop-and-frisk class action, Floyd v. City of New York et al.


In addition, Dominique maintains a robust rule of law and access to justice systemic practice in the United States and internationally, including conducting analysis, formulating strategy, supporting community-based efforts and implementation, and providing expert testimony on systemic transformation and substantive reform. From 2009-2013, Dominique was a Senior Rule of Law Advisor for the U.S. State Department in Iraq and Afghanistan and served as a subject matter expert on building effective judicial and legal institutions, legal aid, access to justice, human rights advocacy, and capacity-building for law enforcement.  Her recent work in this area includes data-driven analysis and recommendations on the sexual abuse of children, systemic capacity to respond to gender-based violence, comprehensive study and reform of legal aid systems internationally. Dominique has taught international human rights, public international law, and social justice courses internationally and currently teaches as an adjunct professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, including courses on Police and Urban Communities and Institutional Racism.

In 2015-2016, Dominique was a Fulbright Scholar, teaching and researching human rights at Al Quds University in the West Bank.  Prior to this, Dominique was a public defender in New York City family and criminal courts, a complex civil litigator in civil rights, consumer protection, securities, and qui tam litigation, and a policy expert in New York City and internationally. After law school, Dominique clerked for the Honorable Sterling Johnson Jr. in the Eastern District of New York.



Stanford Law School

(J.D. 1999)


Harvard University

(A.B. 1996, cum laude)


Civil Rights & Discrimination

Criminal Defense

International Human Rights

Rule of Law + Access to Justice

Systemic Transformation + Reform

Non-Profit Organizations + Transactions

False Claims Act (qui tam)

Complex Civil Litigation


Bar Admissions


New York



Independent Expert, UN Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent (2018-2024)

Fulbright Scholar (2015-2016)



Afghanistan: Death Penalty At The Crossroads, Capital Punishment: New Perspectives (1st ed. 2013) (co-author) “…the groundbreaking chapter on Afghanistan by Cody and Day… is the  first analysis in the English language on judicial capital punishment in modern Afghanistan. The chapter provides a compelling discussion of the death penalty in both law and practice, emphasizing the competing political pressures on President Hamid Karzai regarding executions. The chapter is timely, relevant, and original, encompassing both the doctrinal and the empirical.”

Legal Aid Assessment and Recommendations for Afghanistan (2016). Comprehensive independent assessment of criminal legal aid in Afghanistan sponsored by the Ministry of Justice, Asia Foundation, and the World Bank. Analysis includes detailed survey of over 400 justice professionals, analysis, and recommendations. Specific focus on gender, corruption, and effective strategies given diminished donor resources (co-authored). 


Leadership Through the Lens of Human Rights: Effects of Supply and Demand (forthcoming 2019).  Independent research and analysis conducted as a Fulbright Scholar on community-based leadership and identity.

Benefits of Family-Focused, Strength-Based Methods:  Women Under Community Justice Supervision and their Families, Community Corrections Report (Nov./Dec. 2004).

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