Location: Miami, Florida, United States
Cherie Gaines, Lawyer, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in equal opportunity legal services.
Ms. Gaines is distinguished for more than four decades of passionate hard work, focusing her energy on the law as it pertains to civil rights and curricula development. Growing up in a depressed area of Brooklyn, Ms. Gaines sought to make a change through the law to alleviate the economic burden on the community. She first attended Barnard College, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in 1956. Following this, she received a JD from the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. She then relocated to California, opening her own poverty law office in West Oakland, practicing civil rights litigation to change the economic conditions of the community. Furthermore, Ms. Gaines has taught future educators with her teaching appointments at Golden Gate University and the University of San Francisco. In the late 1970s, she relocated back to New York and worked as a regional attorney and deputy general counsel for the New York City Housing Authority.
Under the Ford grant, Ms. Gaines helped create college curriculum which helped to improve LSAT scores as much as 40 percentiles within one academic year. Under a Department of Education grant, she was able to adapt the Center for Civic Education materials to teach social contract and rule of law concepts to elementary school children. As the first OEO legal services lawyer west of the Mississippi, Ms. Gaines has been recognized with a number of awards, including a commendation plaque via the Association of Real Property Brokers and various accolades from Alameda County. During her career, she was a member of the New York State Bar, the California State Bar and the Charles Houston Law Club.
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