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Lives in the Law Speaker Sunu Chandy, National Women’s Law Center

Location: Eidman Courtroom and Jamail Pavilion

11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. in the Eidman Courtroom and 12:45-1:45 p.m. in the Jury Room. Lunch served at 12:45.

Students please RSVP by Thursday, November 8, on Symplicity by selecting the “Events” tab.

During the first hour, which is free and open to the public, Sunu Chandy of the National Women’s Law Center, will discuss her work advocating for women in a talk entitled “#MeToo, TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund, & The Resistance: Using Litigation to Protect the Rule of Law.” During the second hour she will meet with students more informally over lunch to discuss her life and career.

Sunu Chandy oversees the National Women’s Law Center’s litigation efforts, providing strategy and guidance to staff across NWLC to create better legal outcomes for women and girls at school, the workplace, and the health care sector. Prior to joining the Center, Chandy served as the Deputy Director for the Civil Rights Division with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Chandy has also served as the General Counsel of the DC Office of Human Rights (OHR) and in that role oversaw agency decisions following investigations of discrimination in employment, education, housing and public accommodation matters. Before that, Chandy served as a federal attorney with the U.S. Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), where she litigated class civil rights employment matters including based on sex, race, national origin, disability, age and religion based discrimination. Chandy was also a member of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Regional Working Group and helped to organize conferences and civil rights panels alongside federal partners in New York City.

In her talk, Chandy will discuss current litigation, in which the NWLC has a leadership role, challenging the Trump administration’s efforts to roll back civil rights laws in education, healthcare, and the workplace. In addition, she will discuss the TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund, housed at the NWLC, which works with the Center’s Legal Network for Gender Equity to enable more individuals who experience sexual assault, abuse or harassment to find legal representation. TIME’S UP was started by women in the entertainment industry to combat the systemic power imbalances that have prevented many women, especially women of color, from being safe and reaching their full potential in the workplace.

Chandy earned her B.A. in Peace and Global Studies/Women’s Studies from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana, her law degree from Northeastern University School of Law in Boston and her MFA in Creative Writing (Poetry) from Queens College/The City University of New York.

The “Lives in the Law” speaker series focuses on the work and lives of lawyers who strive to improve the lives of others through litigation, advocacy and public service.

Hosted by the Career Services Office and the William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law.  Cosponsored by the Center for Women in Law.

Event series: Lecture, Lives in the Law Speaker Series