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Wednesday, March 15, 2006 

Subodh Chandra at Cleveland City Club

Tuesday, March 21, 2006 12:00 PM
Democratic Discussion Table
Subodh Chandra
Candidate for Attorney General

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Subodh Chandra just completed service as director of Law of the City of Cleveland, where he led the work of an 82-lawyer department with both criminal and civil divisions. He also served as acting mayor in the mayor’s absence. As Cleveland’s general counsel, Chandra slashed by nearly 90% spending on outside counsel, saving taxpayers millions of dollars. Under Chandra’s leadership, Cleveland handled legal work in-house and moved vigorously through in-house investigations to clean up corruption, including bribery schemes involving city inspectors and purchasing officials.

Previously, as federal prosecutor, Chandra successfully fought health-care fraud and corruption—winning an award from FBI director Robert Mueller. Before that, Chandra worked in large firms in both Cleveland and Los Angeles and served as special presidential counsel at the American Bar Association.

Chandra is a graduate of the Yale Law School, where he was executive editor of the Yale Law & Policy Review. He also graduated with honors and distinction from Stanford University. Stanford awarded him the John Gardner Public Service Fellowship to work with Governor Richard F. Celeste. For Celeste, Chandra created a program training young leaders from newly emerging democracies in Central & Eastern Europe, after the Berlin Wall fell, about the organizing skills required in a democracy.

Chandra is the recipient of numerous awards including Crain's Cleveland Business's "40 under 40" award for outstanding rising leaders.

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