2019 Community-Oriented Defender (COD) Network Conference 
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Chiquisha Robinson

Public Defender Service for DC
Deputy Chief, Prisoner & Reentry Legal Services
Washington DC
Ms. Robinson serves as the deputy chief for the Prisoner & Reentry Legal Services program in the D.C. Public Defender Services' Community Defender Division. The Community Defender Division (CDD) provides legal advice, social services, and community education and outreach to adults and children who are in the post-adjudication stage of a criminal or juvenile delinquency case arising out of the D.C. Superior Court. Ms. Robinson responds to the legal and social services needs of newly released individuals and others with D.C. criminal records, assisting them in making a successful transition back into the community. Further, she serves as the Public Defender Service (PDS) liaison to individuals convicted of District of Columbia Code offenses who are serving sentences in the D.C. Department of Corrections, Central Treatment Facility, and Federal Bureau of Prisons, by providing legal information to assist these individuals, monitor their conditions of confinement, and provide legal representation in parole and other release-related legal matters. Before joining the CDD, Ms. Robinson was an attorney in the Public Defender Service' Trial Division, handling only the most serious felonies. As a trial attorney, she was also a  member of PDS' nationally recognized Forensic Practice Group, which trains lawyers around the country on forensic and scientific matters. Ms. Robinson grew up in Boston. Ms. Robinson is also the co-chair of the D.C. Reentry Action Network, a coalition of reentry direct service providers. She received her law degree from Boston College Law School and her undergraduate degree in Sociology (magna cum laude) from the Commonwealth Honors College at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Ms. Robinson has an enduring commitment to the District of Columbia where she has passionately served people with D.C. criminal records in both the pre and post-adjudication phases of the criminal justice system for many years.