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Indigent Defense-- Gary Parker: 2003 Champion of Indigent Defense Award Recipient

By Stephen Bright


Gary Parker –The 2003 Champion of Indigent Defense

NACDL proudly presented the 2003 Champion of Indigent Defense Award to Gary Parker on October 31 at the Fall Meeting in New Orleans.  

Parker, a criminal defense attorney, former state senator, and lifelong civil rights activist, has been a courageous and tireless champion of the accused in courtrooms, the legislature, and the court of public opinion. He played a pivotal role in obtaining passage of the 2003 Georgia Indigent Defense Act, which replaces a non-system of representation that was left to each court in each of Georgia’s 159 counties with 49 public defender offices.  

Legal career devoted to improving indigent defense

Parker is a community lawyer. He has said, “It’s my responsibility to advance the community. If you can take an individual case and push it to the community good, that’s your responsibility.”1 Parker carries the same passion that fueled his activism in the 1970s into his legal work. “I h

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