Chris Schneider, Fresno civil-rights lawyer, receives state Bar honor
September 27, 2015
Fresno civil rights lawyer Chris Schneider is the executive director of Central California Legal Services (CCLS) and the most recent recipient of one of the highest honors given by the California State Bar: the Loren Miller Legal Services Award.
Finding a passion for civil rights activism as a teenager, Chris has spent more than two decades working in civil legal aid. Chris joined CCLS in 1993, and since then has grown the organization to house a staff of 50 who provide free legal services to immigrants and the poor throughout the central San Joaquin Valley.
Organizations mentioned/involved: Central California Legal Services, Inc. (CCLS)
Under Chris’s leadership, CCLS was instrumental in getting a shopping center built in long-neglected southwest Fresno, helping the homeless in their legal fight with Fresno City Hall, and making sure poor rural residents didn’t get gouged in their utility bills.
“Our mission is to advance justice and empower people,” said Chris, who will be given the award at the Bar’s annual meeting in Anaheim.