MoForever Alumni News - Winter 2019

23 | MoForever Winter 2019 Seth Galanter joined NCYL’s Washington, D.C. office in 2017 as the senior director of its strategic advocacy team. Seth says that, though he’d not met her before, in a way, he owes Leecia his job. “Leecia is a strong voice for expanding NCYL’s litigation portfolio. In a sense, the decision of NCYL to open a D.C. litigation office can really be credited to Leecia,” he says. Leecia helped Seth acclimate to the Center’s culture, which he says requires strong trust in your colleagues, who, like you, are working to achieve their vision of justice. “Leecia and I had a set of shared experiences from MoFo that allowed us to bond quickly, and she had a lot of pending cases I participated in,” Seth said. Seth came to NCYL following a distinguished career that began with serving in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, where he worked on civil rights appeals concerning special education, voting, and Medicaid, among other issues. From there, Seth became of counsel with MoFo’s Appellate Group, where he remained for nine years. He is grateful to have had the opportunity to expand the scope of his legal experience by working on multiple cross-cutting legal issues, such as patents, trademarks, and First Amendment law. “I got the opportunity to explore every practice area I wanted at MoFo,” Seth said. While at MoFo, Seth’s work on disability-related pro bono projects garnered outside attention. In 2008, he earned the Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year distinction from the District of Columbia bar for his work in making street parking more accessible in D.C. for people with disabilities. SEEKING JUSTICE TO IMPROVE THE LIVES OF VULNERABLE YOUTH SETH GALANTER, SENIOR DIRECTOR, LEGAL ADVOCACY, NATIONAL CENTER FOR YOUTH LAW