FLARE was founded as a project of the Law Office of Sondra Solovay. Founder Sondra Solovay, JD is a disabled attorney, author of Tipping the Scales of Justice, and co-editor of The Fat Studies Reader. During her career, Sondra was involved in numerous high-profile weight discrimination cases. Whether the issue involved accommodations, medical bias, employment, family law, or criminal defense, Sondra has always recognized weight discrimination as a civil rights matter that disproportionately impacts people of color.
In 2020, Sondra handed the reins for FLARE to Legal Director, Brandie Sendziak. Brandie is a fat, legally blind disability and immigration attorney. In addition to her work with FLARE, she is the Supervising Immigration Attorney at Homeless Advocacy Project and supervises the legal department at Independent Living Resource Center San Francisco. Brandie also has a background in criminal defense.
FLARE is supported by an array of dedicated volunteers, to whom we are very grateful!