Cynthia Anderson-Barker

Los Angeles, CA

Cynthia Anderson-Barker is a civil rights and criminal defense attorney in Los Angeles, CA. As a member of the National Lawyers Guild (NLG), as an associate at the Working Peoples Law Center in Echo Park, and later in her own law practice, attorney Anderson-Barker became proficient in handling lawsuits to end police misconduct. She frequently represents people arrested during political demonstrations and, in recent years, her law practice has focused on challenging prison and jail conditions for adults and youths in custody. She received the Pro Bono Legal Services Award from the state Bar of California in recognition of her years of providing legal services to those unable to afford private counsel. In 2007, under the auspices of the NLG, attorney Anderson-Barker helped organize legal representation for hundreds of students who walked out of school during the immigration protests. In cooperation with the Comite Pro Uno she started a legal clinic to stop the Maywood Police from targeting immigrants and impounding their vehicles. Anderson-Barker attended the University of California, Los Angeles and received her Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School.