Diane Lucas is an Assistant Attorney General at the Office of the New York State Attorney General in the Civil Rights Bureau. There she works to enforce the civil rights of all New Yorkers. The Bureau helps to promote voting rights, access to fair housing and lending opportunities, access to equal employment and educational opportunities, as well as criminal justice reform, among other areas.
Diane was motivated to work at the Civil Rights Bureau after working as a public defender at the Legal Aid Society, where she represented indigent people accused of crimes and witnessed the rampant civil rights violations in the criminal justice system. Diane has organized a number of political fundraising events and get-out-the vote efforts. She was the co-founder of ElevenSixTwelve, an organization founded to help young voters to re-elect President Barack Obama through the use of fashion and social media. Diane has a strong belief in service to those in need, both locally and abroad. Diane served as a volunteer with Legal Outreach, an organization missioned to prepare urban youth from under-served communities in New York City to compete at high academic levels. She has also traveled to West Africa several times to work with legal aid advocates.
Diane has a Juris Doctorate degree from Harvard Law School, and a Bachelors of Science in Economics from New York University, where she graduated with honors. She is also an active member of Delta Sigma Theta, Sorority, Incorporated.