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Chanta' Parker

Chantá Parker is a public defender, criminal justice strategist, and storyteller. Recently, Chantá was tapped to build a client-centered, holistic public defender office in Wayne County, Michigan. In her role as Managing Director of the Neighborhood Defender Service of Detroit, Chantá has overseen the hiring, training, and space development for the new office which is scheduled to begin case intake later this fall. Chantá has over ten years of criminal defense experience, having worked as a supervising attorney in the Criminal Defense Practice of the Legal Aid Society’s Brooklyn office, and as a felony trial attorney with the Orleans Public Defenders. Last year, Chantá completed an 18-month assignment at the Innocence Project as the Special Counsel for New Initiatives. In this role, Chantá directed the development of new strategies to address the growing crisis in indigent defense, racial bias in the criminal justice system, and misdemeanors guilty pleas.Chantá is a leader in Gideon’s Promise, a national training program for public defenders that was featured in the award-winning documentary “Gideon’s Army” in 2013. Chantá also serves as the board secretary of the Essie Justice Group, a sisterhood of women with incarcerated loved ones, where she has
shepherded the growth of Essie from its inception and shares its commitment to justice, Black liberation, and women's leadership. Chantá is a Women’s Media Center SheSource expert and a 2015 Council of Urban Professionals Fellow.

My Speakers Sessions

Monday, December 9

10:00am PST