Quinnipiac University
Chester Eduardo Fernández

Assistant Professor of Law

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Chester Eduardo Fernández teaches Criminal Law, Constitutional Law, and Sentencing, Prisons and Reentry. Chester’s research and writing focuses on some of the most marginalized communities impacted by the criminal legal system, specifically Transgender and Latinx defendants that don’t speak English. Chester serves as the Faculty Adviser to the Muslim Law Student Association and the American Constitution Society.

Prior to joining the Quinnipiac Law faculty, Chester worked for the National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA) as their Director of Learning and Innovation. His work at NLADA focused on integrating the voice of those impacted by the American legal system, which disparately impacts BIPOC and other marginalized folks, in trainings to legal aid and public defender attorneys. To this end, Chester is a certified racial justice trainer by the Black Public Defender Association.

Before he worked at the NLADA, Chester worked as a Public Defender in both Massachusetts (Boston/Springfield/Holyoke) and Connecticut (Hartford/New Britain). While a Public Defender in Connecticut he worked in the Training Unit where he helped Connecticut public defenders learn best practices in providing passionate client-led representation that respects both the agency and humanity of defendants.

In between working as a public defender in Massachusetts and Connecticut, Chester served as the Courtroom Deputy for U.S. District Judge Vanessa L. Bryant.

Chester loves working with students, and has experience doing so as both a law school Career Counselor, as well as a Recruitment Coordinator for the law firm of Robinson & Cole LLP.

Chester received his JD from the University of Colorado School of Law, and both an MS in Criminal Justice and MPA from Suffolk University in Boston while working full time as a Regulatory Specialist for the Massachusetts Department of Telecommunications and Energy.

The son of immigrants from Costa Rica, Chester grew up outside of Boston, speaks Spanish, and is the father of two children.


  • JD, University of Colorado

Areas of Expertise

  • Criminal Justice
  • Criminal Law


  • Law

Office Location

  • School of Law and Education 160

Mail Drop

  • LW-FAC