Chastidy Burns has been an Assistant Public Defender in the Law Office of the Cook County Public Defender since July of 2013. She is currently assigned to the Felony Trial Division at 26th and California. Prior to joining the Office, she was an Associate Attorney for the Shiller Preyar Law Offices where she practiced criminal defense and civil rights litigation. She graduated with a degree in Political Science from the University of Chicago in 2008, and she received her Juris Doctorate with a certificate in Public Interest Law from the DePaul University College of Law in 2012. Ms. Burns is the President of the Black Women Lawyers Association of Greater Chicago, Inc. (BWLA), as well as the Chair of the Chicago Bar Association Young Lawyers Section Criminal Law Committee, and a member of the Just the Beginning – A Pipeline Organization Associate Board, the University of Chicago Alumni Club of Chicago Board of Directors, and the DePaul University College of Law Alumni Engagement Board.
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