David Lambert

David was the first director of the Southern Center for Human Rights in 1976, after the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in the landmark decision Gregg v. Georgia. After the Gregg decision, people sentenced to death were facing execution with no legal representation. David was a Memphis Area Legal Services attorney who was recruited to find lawyers for those on death row. In addition to death penalty cases, David oversaw class-action cases focused on the rights of incarcerated people in Kentucky and Tennessee. He represented 10 men who had been shot by officers during the Ten¬nessee State Penitentiary riots in 1975. After two years as director, David left SCHR to return to the practice of juvenile law at the National Center for Youth Law.