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|| August 19, 1964
Aug 08, 2018 06:02pm
|Info||Leecia Roberta Eve, an accomplished civic leader, election reform expert, and former Counsel to Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, is a native of Buffalo, New York. |
Born on August 19, 1964, on the East Side of Buffalo, Eve attended public schools and graduated from City Honors School (P.S. 195). She is a graduate of Smith College, where she majored in Government and Afro-American Studies. Eve earned a law degree from Harvard Law School and a Master in Public Administration degree from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Following her graduation from Harvard, Eve served as a judicial clerk for New York State Court of Appeals Judge Fritz W. Alexander II, the first African American appointed to a full term on the state’s highest court. Eve considers Judge Alexander an inspiration and one of her role models.
After her clerkship, Eve practiced law at the firm of Covington & Burling. She later served as Counsel to Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr., then ranking member of the United States Senate Judiciary Committee, advising him on immigration, intellectual property, securities, and antitrust law. In 1996, Eve joined Hodgson Russ, Western New York’s largest law firm, where she became the first African American general partner in the history of the firm.
For the past four years, Eve led Senator Clinton’s homeland security team and advised her on issues including civil rights, crime, economic development, election reform, and judicial nominations. Most recently, Eve drafted the Domestic Defense Fund Act of 2005, legislation introduced by Senator Clinton to provide critical homeland security resources directly to cities, counties, and first responders using a threat and risk-based formula. Eve also worked with voting rights and civil rights organizations to draft the Count Every Vote Act of 2005, which Senator Clinton introduced earlier this year. A New York Times editorial described the legislation as the “gold standard for election reform.”
Eve’s resolve is to continue to make a difference in the lives of others. This goal was formed early in her life and inspired by the examples she saw in the pioneers around her. Her father, Arthur O. Eve, is the former Deputy Speaker of the New York State Assembly and a champion for public education and economic opportunity. Her mother, Constance Eve, is a retired Erie Community College professor, community leader, and women’s rights activist.
Eve is a lifelong member of St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Buffalo, New York. She served on the board of directors of the Greater Buffalo Chapter of the American Red Cross, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Society. In 1999, she was honored by Business First, Western New York’s business newspaper, with their “40 Under Forty” award. She is a former Vice President of the Minority Bar Association of Western New York and is a member of The LINKS Incorporated and of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.