David Ratnoff is a 1L from Houston, TX. He graduated from Rice University in 2018 with a B.A. cum laude in History and Political Science, and a minor in Politics, Law, and Social Thought. The recipient of the Michael Bloomberg Commencement Speaker Award for Passionate Community Impact, Innovative Thinking and Entrepreneurial Spirit, David was recognized for his campus leadership roles, including as President of the Baker Institute Student Forum and Founder of the Houston Centered Policy challenge. Before law school, David worked as a paralegal and interned at the American Civil Liberties Union Washington Legislative Office, where he focused on voting rights policy research. His work has been published by ABC-CLIO and the Rice Historical Review. At Columbia, David is also involved with the Gastronomy Society. In his spare time, David enjoys making bagels, brewing coffee, and taking the ferry to Greenpoint.