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Cunyon Gordon

Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civils Rights Under Law, Inc.
Director of SAP
Chicago, IL, USA


Cunyon Gordon  graduated from Yale Law School in 1981, and spent six years as a Navy Judge Advocate, serving as trial and appellate counsel in the United States and abroad. Ms. Gordon joined the Chicago law firm of Jenner & Block LLP in 1988, and specialized in complex civil litigation on behalf of major corporations, practicing in the state and federal courts in Illinois, California and Texas. She  also defended indigent persons accused of serious felony cases in the state court, and represented plaintiffs in cases involving deprivation of civil and individual rights. In 1992 she became Jenner & Block's first black woman partner.

In 2001 Ms. Gordon was invited to be the  Distinguished Visiting Professor from Practice at Boston College Law School, and left Jenner & Block. After the visiting year at BC, she taught at Seattle University School of Law, and University of Oregon Law School. She  taught Criminal Procedure, Evidence, Military Justice and Trial Advocacy. From 2004 until 2008 Ms. Gordon was Of Counsel at a Chicago litigation boutique that specialized in antitrust litigation. Since 2009 she have been at the Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Inc., a 40-year old civil rights law firm, where she runs the Settlement Assistance Project, which assists pro se litigants to settle discrimination and civil rights cases in federal court. Ms. Gordon has been on the national and regional faculties of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy for more than a decade, and has published articles in the Michigan Law Review and the Fordham Law Review.

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