David Leven has been on the PLS board since 2003. He is a graduate of the University of Rochester and Syracuse University College of Law. From 1969 to 1973, he was a staff attorney and deputy director of Monroe County Legal Assistance Corporation and between 1973 and 1979, he was the Executive Director. Between 1979 and 1999, he served as Executive Director of PLS. Since 2002, he has been the Executive Director of Compassion & Choices of New York. The mission of Compassion & Choices is to improve care and expand choice at the end of life and provide high quality counseling, support and advocacy services to the terminally ill and family members and to those planning for the end of life.

David notes that it is important for him to be on the PLS board because he is deeply committed to ensuring that NYS prisoners’ receive high quality legal services and that PLS functions as well as possible with adequate funding. Because of his past experience, he believes that he can contribute constructively.