Senior Staff Attorney
Darius Charney is a Senior Staff Attorney at the Center for Consitutional Rights, where he works on government misconduct and racial justice cases. He is lead counsel on Floyd v. City of New York, the landmark federal civil rights class action lawsuit that found the New York City Police Department’s stop-and-frisk practices racially discriminatory and otherwise unconstitutional. He is also counsel in Black Love Resists in the Rust v. City of Buffalo, challenging the city's racially discriminatory traffic ticketing practices; Vulcan Society Inc. v. the City of New York, a Title VII class action lawsuit on behalf of African-American applicants to the New York City Fire Department that successfully challenged the racially discriminatory hiring practices of the FDNY; and Brown v. Snyder, a case challenging Michigan’s “emergency manager” law.
Prior to coming to the Center for Consitutional Rights in 2008, Darius spent two and a half years as an associate at the New York law firm of Lansner & Kubitschek, where he litigated federal civil rights cases challenging various aspects of New York City and New York State’s child welfare and foster care systems. Darius received his J.D. and M.S.W. degrees from the University of California, Berkeley in 2001. From 2003-2005, he was law clerk to the Honorable Deborah A. Batts, United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York.
Darius’s writing includes “The NYPD’s criminal stop-and-frisk record” in The Guardian, and he has appeared on National Public Radio, MSNBC, WBAI, and New York’s WABC-TV Channel 7, among other outlets.