SOURCE: Golden Gate University

Golden Gate University School of Law

October 09, 2015 14:20 ET

GGU Law Associate Dean and Professor Cynthia Chandler Receives Fay Stender Award for Outstanding Legal Advocacy for Disadvantaged Women

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - October 09, 2015) - Golden Gate University School of Law (GGU Law) Associate Dean Cynthia Chandler was selected by California Women Lawyers to receive the prestigious Fay Stender Award for her advocacy for the rights of women in prison. She received the award at the State Bar Annual Meeting on October 8.

According to California Women Lawyers, "The annual award is given to a feminist attorney who, like Fay Stender, is committed to the representation of women, disadvantaged groups and unpopular causes, and whose courage, zest for life and demonstrated ability to effect change as a single individual make her a role model for women attorneys."

Chandler, an adjunct professor and interim Associate Dean of Law Career Development at GGU Law, is a champion of public interest law in the Bay Area. Her work includes founding and co-founding several women's legal rights organizations, including the Women's Positive Legal Action Network and Justice Now, which advocate for the rights of imprisoned women. Chandler's advocacy has been transformative, shaping numerous prison reform bills that ended California's coercive sterilization of women in prison, as well as the establishment of the nation's first compassionate release programs for terminally ill inmates.

Chandler's nomination was supported by prior Fay Stender Award winners Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson and Drucilla Stender Ramey; public intellectuals and law professors Dorothy Roberts and Pricilla Ocen; personal associates of Fay Stender's; women in prison whom Cynthia empowered through her progressive activism; and numerous key women lawyers, feminist scholars, and legal academics.

"We are very pleased for Dean Chandler," said Rachel Van Cleave, dean of GGU Law. "With all of her advocacy work, she is a true inspiration to our students."

About Golden Gate University School of Law (GGU Law)

GGU Law offers law programs that blend practical skills training with legal theory to prepare students to be critical thinkers, problem solvers and leaders, with the flexibility to respond to changes in the legal profession. Founded in 1901, GGU Law is accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) and American Association of Law Schools (AALS). For more information, follow GGU Law on Twitter @GGULaw.

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