Chastidy Burns

Chastidy Burns

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.

Recent Episodes
June 29, 2022

The Scarlet A Edition (Rebroadcast)

This episode was previously recorded in 2019 before the Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization overturning Roe v. Wade, but the conversation is just as relevant today. In...

October 23, 2020

The Voting Rights Edition

John Cusick joins the show to discuss the current state of voting rights.

August 11, 2020

The Justice in Policing Act of 2020: A Discussion with Senator Dick Durbin

Senator Durbin discusses the Act, its core goals, and how the Act seeks to achieve meaningful policing reform.

April 24, 2020

The Criminal Courts Adapt to COVID-19 Edition: How the Pandemic Is Impacting the Rights of the Accused

Amy Campanelli talks about the constitutional issues and the impact on the rights of the accused as criminal courts adapt to the logistical challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

September 5, 2019

The Scarlet A Edition

Katie Watson talks about what ordinary abortion is and how it impacts millions of Americans, as well as why understanding the term can help us unpack many other social issues.

April 10, 2019

The Mastering the Game Edition: Career Tips from Diversity Expert Sharon Jones

Sharon Jones gives listeners an update on the current state of gender diversity in the legal profession.

December 5, 2018

The Civility in Uncivil Times Edition

Jayne Reardon and Clare McWilliams talk about current societal trends, best practices for appearing before the bench and how to shift the legal profession’s culture to one of greater respect and civility.