Barbara Parker Named Public Lawyer of the Year by California State Bar
Oakland City Attorney Barbara Parker was named the 2015 Public Lawyer of the Year by the California State Bar Association. Parker has been with the city attorney’s office for more than 20 years before being elected to the agency’s top post in 2012. As Oakland’s top legal counsel, Parker has focused her efforts on the city’s illegal sex trade, which includes underage youth who are exploited in the industry. Her work on ensuring access to reproductive health clinics, the city’s support of medical marijuana and the city’s anti-predatory lending ordinance are among some of the issues she has shepherded through the legal process.