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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.
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