Friday, April 28
Ray and Kay Eckstein Hall
1215 West Michigan Street
Parking is available on site.
Chantá Parker is the Special Counsel for New Initiatives at the Innocence Project, where she leads the development of strategies to use the unique lens of innocence to address three problems: racial bias in the criminal justice system; the growing crisis in indigent defense; and how this inflated system forces even the innocent to plead guilty to misdemeanors. Before joining the Innocence Project, Ms. Parker was a Supervising Attorney in the Criminal Defense Practice of the Legal Aid Society's Brooklyn office. Ms. Parker also served as a staff attorney with the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem and a felony trial attorney with the Orleans Public Defenders. Ms. Parker holds a B.A. from Spelman College and a J.D. from the New York University School of Law.
Ms. Parker recently joined the board of the Essie Justice Group, a loving community of women with incarcerated loved ones based in the California Bay Area. Ms. Parker also serves as a trainer, mentor, and speaker for Gideon's Promise.
This event honors Marquette University Law School students who have performed 50 or more hours of pro bono service during law school. These hours are entirely voluntary; the students receive neither monetary compensation nor academic credit. The event also remembers Gene Posner, L '36, and celebrates the generosity of the Gene and Ruth Posner Foundation in supporting the Law School's public service work.
Remembrance of Gene Posner, L'36, and Introduction of the Event
Joseph D. Kearney and Joshua L. Gimbel
Posner Pro Bono Exchange
Chantá Parker with Mike Gousha
Induction of Law Students into the Pro Bono Society
Reception (immediately follows at 5:00 p.m.)