Christopher Kang is the co-founder and chief counsel of Demand Justice. He served in the White House for nearly seven years, as Deputy Counsel to President Obama and Special Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs. Chris oversaw the selection, vetting, and confirmation of more than 220 of the president’s judicial nominees—who set records for the most people of color, women, and openly gay and lesbian judges appointed by a president. He also was in charge of advising President Obama on commutations and pardons from 2014 to 2015 and helped spearhead the confirmations of Supreme Court Justices Sotomayor and Kagan, the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, and passage of the Fair Sentencing Act.
Chris also has served as National Director of the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans and worked for Senate Democratic Whip Richard Durbin as Director of Floor Operations and Judiciary Committee Counsel. In 2011, the National Law Journal named him one of the top 40 minority lawyers in the nation under the age of 40. Chris serves on the Board of Advisors of the American Constitution Society and the People’s Parity Project.