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Cindy Wilson is both a Clinical Associate Professor and the Public Interest Advisor in the law school’s Center for Career Strategy and Advancement. She teaches an externship on public interest law, a seminar on pro bono law, and a course in legal ethics taught by clinical professors and Chicago area lawyers. Cindy also counsels students interested in public interest law, helps direct public interest programming at the law school, and serves as the faculty advisor to several student public interest groups.
From 1990 to 2000, Cindy was the Project Director of the Employment Opportunity Project at the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. She was responsible for directing the work of the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee in the areas of employment discrimination and enhancing employment opportunities for low income workers. She litigated a wide variety of cases, including a class action race discrimination case challenging the tests used in hiring entry-level firefighters by the City of Chicago, and two cases defending affirmative action policies of the County of Cook and the City of Chicago regarding construction contracts. Cindy also started a mediation representation program for mediations conducted by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, one of the first such programs in the country. She was awarded the Chicago Urban League’s “Beautiful Person” award for assuming a “leadership role in the League’s work for social justice in Chicago.” She also served as the Plaintiff/ Public Interest Co-Chair of the American Bar Association Regional Liaison Division for the Equal Employment Opportunity Committee in the Chicago region.
Prior to joining the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee, Cindy was a litigation associate at Sachnoff and Weaver for four years. She also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Seymour F. Simon of the Illinois Supreme Court. From 1994 to 2000, Cindy was an Adjunct Professor at Northwestern University School of Law, and in 1999 she was selected as the Outstanding Adjunct in Legal Ethics. Cindy graduated from Northwestern School of Law, cum laude, Order of the Coif, in 1986. She graduated magna cum laude from Knox College in 1982. In 1982, Cindy was awarded a Rotary Fellowship for graduate work in Spanish Area Studies, and spent a year at the Universidad de Barcelona.