U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
NominatedSeptember 30, 2021
ConfirmedJune 14, 2023
Dale Ho was confirmed to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York on June 14, 2023.
Previously, Ho was the director of the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project. He is one of the nation’s leading attorneys on election law, voting rights, and redistricting issues. He has testified numerous times before Congress and state legislatures.
From 2009 to 2013, Ho was an Assistant Counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., where he worked on voting rights and civil rights.
Ho has litigated a number of high-profile voting rights and election law cases:
Ho argued before the U.S. Supreme Court against the Trump administration’s effort to include a citizenship question on the 2020 U.S. Census, which would have resulted in an estimated undercount of 6.5 million people in the Census. The Court issued an injunction against adding the question, and it was ultimately not included in the Census.
In Fish v. Kobach, Ho argued against Kansas’s law requiring people to show documents proving their citizenship when they registered to vote. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit ruled that the law violated the Fourteenth Amendment and the National Voter Registration Act.
In Trump for President v. Boockvar et al., Donald Trump’s presidential campaign tried to prevent Pennsylvania from certifying its 2020 election results. Ho and the ACLU fought back against the Trump campaign’s frivolous lawsuit, which was ultimately dismissed.
Ho received his A.B. from Princeton University in 1999 and his J.D. from Yale Law School in 2005. He clerked for Judge Barbara S. Jones of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and Judge Robert S. Smith of New York Court of Appeals.