June 24, 2020 — University of Houston Law Center alumna and former clinical professor Anne Chandler ’98, has been named executive director of Houston Volunteer Lawyers, a non-profit service of the Houston Bar Association.
"I am thrilled to have this opportunity to work with law students, community partners, and the private bar to ensure that the doors of justice are open broad and wide so that individuals, regardless of their income or other vulnerabilities are able to obtain justice," Chandler said.
Chandler previously served as executive director of the Tahirih Justice Center’s Houston Office. She also taught at the Law Center from 2002 to 2007 as an associate clinical professor and from 2008 to 2009 as interim director of the Immigration Clinic.
"I was able to combine my passion for social justice by helping law students expand their trial and client skills while representing indigent non-citizens in Houston's immigration court and in appellate courts,” she said.
Chandler has a long history of working with volunteers, supporting legal clinics, managing grants and advocating for regional, state and federal policies that provide justice and safety to immigrant survivors of violence.
She has served as director of Immigration Legal Services for YMCA International Services as well as on numerous boards and committees, including the Houston Immigration Legal Services Collaborative, the Harris County Domestic Violence Coordinating Council, the American Immigration Council, and the city of Houston’s Houston Area Council on Human Trafficking.
“Anne brings years of leadership and accomplishment to HVL at a time when Houston needs — more than ever — the services offered by HVL,” said Bill Kroger, president of the Houston Bar Association.