Andrew Gordon -- Deputy Director for Community Legal Services
Andrew Gordon was born, and raised, in Kingston, Jamaica. He learned to enjoy legal advocacy while doing college mock trial at Macalester College in St. Paul, MN. It was during that period that Mr. Gordon’s cousin had a number of interactions with the police that ultimately led to his imprisonment for ten years. That experience with the criminal legal system informed Mr. Gordon’s decision to attend law school. He wanted to represent those—like his cousin—who were disempowered and marginalized by a legal system designed to work against them.
As a result, Mr. Gordon has dedicated his legal career to advocating for, and empowering, communities of color, immigrant communities and other marginalized communities. He understands that there is nothing that separates him from the plight of his clients and their families. In 2016, he was awarded a Social Justice Award by the Minnesota Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild for his work representing individuals charged with protest related crimes following the murder of Jamar Clark. In 2020, Mr. Gordon was part of a team awarded with the “Law for the People Award” for his work supporting community advocates following the murder of George Floyd. He continues to be honored to work with advocates here in Minnesota and nationwide on issues related to justice reform, abolition and decarceration.
Mr. Gordon is now the Deputy Director of Community Legal Services at the Legal Rights Center. In addition to his advocacy, he continues to represent indigent clients charged with criminal and juvenile offenses in Hennepin County, and supervises the legal work of the organisation. He works with his staff attorneys, student interns, volunteers and Community Advocates to build safe spaces for staff, clients, friends and community members interested in client-centered representation and empowering those whom the criminal legal system routinely silences and ignores.
He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 612-677-2137.
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