David Corliss entered the legal profession to give voice to those in need. Prior to becoming an attorney David studied the art of storytelling, first through a bachelor’s degree in digital media at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and then through a Master’s of Fine Arts in creative writing from the City College of New York. While engaged in these pursuits, David became preoccupied with the troubles that individuals faced expressing their own stories to the court. David recognized that his talents as a writer and storyteller could be utilized to amplify the voices of the wounded and vulnerable. In light of this recognition, David decided that he would devote his labor and talents towards helping those who had been wronged obtain justice.
This decision brought David to the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. At Cardozo, he strove tirelessly to develop his knowledge of the legal system. As a result of his efforts, Cardozo chose to help fund David’s education through the Dean’s Merit Scholarship. Shortly after being awarded the scholarship, David’s writing skills earned him an appointment as an editor for the Cardozo Law Review. In June of 2015, David graduated Cum Laude from Cardozo.
David’s academic achievement developed his knowledge of the law, but only through working on cases in the courtroom was he able to develop the skills necessary to be a successful lawyer. David received this hands-on training through his work at Bet Tzedek Legal Services. Through a competitive selection process, Bet Tzedeck chose David as an intern from a pool of talented, aspiring attorneys. The work at Bet Tzedek allowed David to serve his community in the courtroom. Over his time with the organization David stood up for the elderly and disabled population of New York City, and protected their rights against intrusions by insurance companies and the government.
Following David’s graduation from law school, he began working as a clerk in the Connecticut Superior Courts under the Honorable Mary Sommer. This position allowed him to see the inner workings of the court and witness legal proceedings on a daily basis. The year David spent clerking reinforced the skills he had developed previously and gave him insights into how to effectively move a case through the litigation process.
In November of 2015, David was sworn in as a licensed attorney by the Connecticut State Bar. He currently lives in New Haven. In his free time, David enjoys getting out of the city and enjoying the natural beauty of the Connecticut countryside.