Alex Van Gorp
Hailing from The Region, or the part of Indiana that thinks it’s Chicago, Alex Van Gorp graduated cum laude and with honors at Ball State University where he focused his studies on Japanese, Chinese, East Asian Studies, and Environmental Policy. He attended Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, where he focused on civil and human rights and advocacy skills. Alex’s studies have taken him across the globe, including studies abroad at Arima High School in Ebina, Japan and Southwest University of Political Science & Law in Chongqing, China.
IU McKinney recognized Alex with the Norman Lefstein Award of Excellence and the John Paul Berlon Pro Bono Award, IU McKinney’s highest achievement in pro bono legal services for contributing over 1,200 hours of volunteer legal service while clerking for the Indiana Civil Rights Commission. In addition, Alex participated in the IU McKinney’s Appellate Clinic, where he successfully reversed a juvenile’s conviction, and externed for the Sagamore Institute, where he researched Indiana criminal justice reform.
Since graduation, Alex started his own law practice with an emphasis on assisting small businesses and served as a staff attorney and Ethics Officer at the Indiana Department of Health. Alex maintains deep connections to the community through volunteer and leadership positions in a variety of local, state, and national legal and LGBTQ groups. Alex is a graduate of the Columbia Club’s Columbian Community Impact (Class I), Indiana State Bar Association’s Leadership Development Academy (Class IX), and Indianapolis Bar Association’s Bar Leader Series (Class XVIII) programs. In his downtime, you are likely to find him out running, socializing, or catching Pokémon downtown.
First joining Damien Center as an HIV/STI Tester & Counselor while in law school, Alex proudly returns to Damien as the organization’s first General Counsel & Advocacy Director to continue his family’s decades-long passion advocating for and supporting people living with HIV.