Lunch with a Lawyer: Movement Lawyering
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The Black Law Alumni Council is proud to sponsor a special Lunch with a Lawyer event focused on movement lawyering. This is an alumni-led event that connects students with successful alumni for a virtual networking lunch.
The event will take place virtually over Zoom on Friday, February 26 from 12:15 -1:15 p.m. and will feature a panel of alumni who specialize in movement lawyering. In addition to discussing their area of practice, the alumni will also share their experiences and advice for current students.
Hon. Chandra Baker, '03
Chandra Baker is a Judge of the Michigan 3rd District Court. Prior to her election, Judge Baker was the Lead Attorney with the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office. She led the Wayne Arson Reduction Unit (W.A.R) responsible for prosecuting arson for-profit crimes involving real property (insurance fraud), arson of multi-unit buildings in which one of those units is a dwelling, and arsons where someone was killed or injured. Judge Baker had been a prosecutor for nearly 12 years and litigated felonies of all kinds including homicide, armed robbery, and various other felony cases. Judge Baker was awarded Prosecutor of the Year 2017-2018 by the International Association of Arson Investigators for her work in combating arson in Wayne County.
Judge Baker was raised in Detroit and attended Cass Technical H.S. She then received her B.A. Degree from the University of Michigan and her Juris Doctorate from Wayne State University Law School in 2003.
Victoria Burton-Harris, '12
Victoria Burton-Harris serves as the Chief Assistant Prosecutor for Washtenaw County. Victoria was appointed to this position on January 1st, 2021. Victoria is a native of Flint and a graduate of Flint Southwestern Academy. She earned a B.A. in Political Science and African American Studies from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. She graduated from Wayne State University Law School in 2012. During her time at Wayne Law, Victoria taught high school students at Southeastern High School and worked at the Free Legal Aid Clinic as a student advocate for underprivileged families.
Passionate about the relationship between law, social justice, and equality, she began preparing for a career focused on criminal law and social justice. Victoria served as president of the Black Law Students Association, where she encouraged students to use their legal experience to create positive change for community residents. In 2014, Victoria opened a private firm in the heart of downtown Detroit specializing in family law and criminal defense at the state and federal trial court level. Victoria has represented hundreds of families across Michigan in cases ranging from child custody to murder. Victoria's work has been highlighted on CNN, Democracy Now, The Guardian, Essence, The New York Times, The Appeal, The Detroit Free Press, The Detroit News, and local Detroit news stations.
Arni Chambers, '01
Arni Chambers is an attorney private practice with a specialization in criminal defense. He is licensed to practice in the State of Michigan, The United States District Court - Eastern District of Michigan, and The United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Arni Chambers proudly received his Bachelor of Science from Alabama State University in 1998. From there, Arni returned home where he continued his education, graduating from Wayne State University Law School in 2001.
In the summer of 2020, as a member representing the Wayne County Criminal Defense Bar Association, Arni joined the Detroit Coordinated Defense Coalition in defense of hundreds of Black Lives Matter protestors that were arrested following the murder of George Floyd. It is with much honor that Arni served as lead counsel in representing 30 protestors that were brought before The Honorable Larry D. Williams, Jr., in the 36th District Court - City of Detroit. It is within this Honorable Courtroom where the first set of dismissals occurred, over the objection of The City Attorney’s Office, regarding the Black Lives Matter protestors, leading to hundreds of dismissals in multiple courtrooms.
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