Debo P. Adegbile '91
Debo P. Adegbile is Chair of the Connecticut College Board of Trustees. As Board chair, he is also an ex-officio member of all trustee committees. He has served on the Board since 2011.
Adegbile is a litigation partner at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP in New York where he represents a variety of corporate, municipal, and not for profit clients, including colleges and universities in trial and appellate courts and investigations. He chairs the firm's antidiscrimination practice and serves on the firm's Global Management, Partner Compensation, and firm-wide Executive Diversity and Inclusion Committees. He is also a member of the United States Commission on Civil Rights to which he was appointed to a six-year term by President Obama in 2016. Until 2014, he was senior counsel to United States Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy and previously served as acting president and director-counsel and director of litigation of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. Adegbile twice defended the constitutionality of core provisions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 in oral arguments before the United States Supreme Court and has testified before Congress several times. Prior to joining LDF, Adegbile was an associate at the law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison for seven years.
In 2020, Adegbile was appointed the Joe Rauh Chair at the University of D.C. Law School. He is a member of the New York University School of Law Board of Trustees, where his is currently co-teaching a class on Lawyers and Leaders, and vice chair of the Vera Institute for Justice. He is the former chair of the Board of Trustees of the Manhattan Country School and serves on the Advisory Council of the Center for Democracy and Technology and the Policing Project Advisory Board at NYU Law School.
At Connecticut College, Adegbile majored in government and was awarded the Anna Lord Strauss Medal at Commencement in recognition of his outstanding work for the College and community. As a student Adegbile was a member of the men’s soccer team and was involved with the Office of Volunteers for Community Service and student government and athletics advisory boards. He worked as an intern at New London High School and the New London Public Defender’s office, among other volunteer service. He earned a J.D. from New York University School of Law in 1994. As an alumnus, Adegbile has served as a convocation, baccalaureate, orientation, camel athletics club, distinguished reunion, Agnes Gund ’60 Dialogue Project, Elevate social justice project, and alumni speaker, and as class agent and as a member of the prelaw advisory and young alumni committees, Forum, and on the Presidential and DIEI and Marketing VP search committees. He was awarded the Agnes Berkeley Leahy Award in recognition of his service to the College at Reunion 2011.