Dominique Day is the executive director of DAYLIGHT | Rule of Law • Access to Justice • Advocacy, an access to justice platform that works in the United States and internationally and focuses heavily on strengthening methods of grassroots and community engagement as a means of building strong legal and community-based institutions. Dominique is a justice advocate in the United States and internationally. Her research, teaching, and access to justice work has taken her all over the world. Dominique has partnered with the U.S. State Department, universities, and non-governmental organizations as a subject matter expert on racial justice, legal aid, access to justice, building effective legal institutions, and rule of law.
In 2015-2016, Dominique was a Fulbright Scholar, teaching and researching human rights and leadership at Al Quds University in the West Bank. Prior to this, she served as the Executive Director of Justice Initiatives for the Mayor of the City of New York. From 2009-2013, Dominique was a Senior Rule of Law Advisor for the U.S. State Department, work that involved living and working in both Iraq and Afghanistan. In the decade prior to her overseas access to justice work, Dominique worked in New York City as a public defender in the criminal and family courts, as a federal class action litigator, and as an engaged voice on racial justice, civil rights, criminal justice, family justice, consumer protection, and substantive equality in multiple forums. Dominique’s work is characterized by a fierce belief in communities’ potential and a commitment to promoting just rule of law and inclusive access to justice.
Dominique graduated from Harvard College and Stanford Law School and lives in New York City.