Ana Walker

South Carolina Director of Legal Services

South Carolina

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Anastasia “Ana” Walker earned her Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina and was sworn into the South Carolina Bar in 2007.  Born and raised in South Carolina, Ana understands the cultural complexities of southern criminal legal systems.  As a “true believer” who cut her teeth in the public defender realm, Ana recognizes how American history—including events that occurred over 150 years ago, such as Reconstruction after the Civil War and the ratification of the 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution—still directly impacts disparities in the criminal legal system.  Today, people of color and minorities routinely suffer discrimination at the hands of law enforcement, the courts, and the legislature.  Immediately after being sworn into the bar, Ana became an Assistant Public Defender under her mentor, the late Chief Public Defender Douglas S. Strickler.

During her ten years at the Richland County Public Defender Office, she defended over 2,000 cases for indigent clients ranging from misdemeanors to murders.  Ana quickly realized how public defenders are continually the first line of defense in protecting the constitutional rights of SC citizens while simultaneously treating them with care and dignity, keeping in mind the complex traumas of which many clients suffer.  Working alongside Mr. Strickler, her colleagues, and the clients instilled within Ana her core values to “fight the good fight” for the people who often need it the most.

With a passion rooted in standing up for what is “right,” Ana joined the SC team at Root & Rebound at the beginning of 2020 to continue the work she truly loves—zealously advocating for people with legal issues stemming from system involvement.  Collaborating with organizations such as Triune Mercy Center and Soteria Community Development Corporation facilitates clients’ connection to a variety of necessary social services—this work takes a village.  As the SC Director of Legal Services for Root & Rebound, Ana seeks to address the significant gap in citizens’ access to the courts and legal services.

At her core, Ana subscribes to a belief shared by Bryan Stevenson, attorney and founder of the Equal Justice Initiative: “We are all more than the worst thing we’ve ever done.”  No one should be judged based solely on their worst day.  A criminal conviction does not—and should not—define a person’s identity for their entire existence.  Each and every human has a different story, different experiences, and different beliefs.  Although the complications of the criminal legal system in the South are vast, Ana possesses a determination to balance the scales of justice alongside those devoted to change a system designed to destroy people within its discriminatory and often Draconian cogs.

crimination, physical and mental abuse, and other complex traumas. Her 10-year tenure as a public defender alongside Mr. Strickler, her colleagues, and the clients instilled within Ana her core values to “fight the good fight.”

Ana joined the SC team at Root & Rebound at the beginning of 2020 to continue the work she truly loves—zealously advocating for people with legal issues stemming from system involvement. Collaborating with organizations such as Triune Mercy Center and Soteria Community Development Corporation facilitates clients’ connection to a variety of necessary social services. In short, this work takes a village. As the SC Director of Legal Services for Root & Rebound, Ana seeks to address the significant gap in citizens’ access to the courts and legal services.

Ana Walker

South Carolina Director of Legal Services

South Carolina

Email Ana

Anastasia “Ana” Walker earned her Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina and was sworn into the South Carolina Bar in 2007.  Born and raised in South Carolina, Ana understands the cultural complexities of southern criminal legal systems.  As a “true believer” who cut her teeth in the public defender realm, Ana recognizes how American history—including events that occurred over 150 years ago, such as Reconstruction after the Civil War and the ratification of the 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution—still directly impacts disparities in the criminal legal system.  Today, people of color and minorities routinely suffer discrimination at the hands of law enforcement, the courts, and the legislature.  Immediately after being sworn into the bar, Ana became an Assistant Public Defender under her mentor, the late Chief Public Defender Douglas S. Strickler.

During her ten years at the Richland County Public Defender Office, she defended over 2,000 cases for indigent clients ranging from misdemeanors to murders.  Ana quickly realized how public defenders are continually the first line of defense in protecting the constitutional rights of SC citizens while simultaneously treating them with care and dignity, keeping in mind the complex traumas of which many clients suffer.  Working alongside Mr. Strickler, her colleagues, and the clients instilled within Ana her core values to “fight the good fight” for the people who often need it the most.

With a passion rooted in standing up for what is “right,” Ana joined the SC team at Root & Rebound at the beginning of 2020 to continue the work she truly loves—zealously advocating for people with legal issues stemming from system involvement.  Collaborating with organizations such as Triune Mercy Center and Soteria Community Development Corporation facilitates clients’ connection to a variety of necessary social services—this work takes a village.  As the SC Director of Legal Services for Root & Rebound, Ana seeks to address the significant gap in citizens’ access to the courts and legal services.

At her core, Ana subscribes to a belief shared by Bryan Stevenson, attorney and founder of the Equal Justice Initiative: “We are all more than the worst thing we’ve ever done.”  No one should be judged based solely on their worst day.  A criminal conviction does not—and should not—define a person’s identity for their entire existence.  Each and every human has a different story, different experiences, and different beliefs.  Although the complications of the criminal legal system in the South are vast, Ana possesses a determination to balance the scales of justice alongside those devoted to change a system designed to destroy people within its discriminatory and often Draconian cogs.

crimination, physical and mental abuse, and other complex traumas. Her 10-year tenure as a public defender alongside Mr. Strickler, her colleagues, and the clients instilled within Ana her core values to “fight the good fight.”

Ana joined the SC team at Root & Rebound at the beginning of 2020 to continue the work she truly loves—zealously advocating for people with legal issues stemming from system involvement. Collaborating with organizations such as Triune Mercy Center and Soteria Community Development Corporation facilitates clients’ connection to a variety of necessary social services. In short, this work takes a village. As the SC Director of Legal Services for Root & Rebound, Ana seeks to address the significant gap in citizens’ access to the courts and legal services.

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At her core, Ana subscribes to a belief shared by Bryan Stevenson, attorney and founder of the Equal Justice Initiative: “We are all more than the worst thing we’ve ever done.” No one should be judged based solely on their worst day. A criminal conviction does not—and should not—define a person’s identity for their entire existence. Each and every human has a different story, different experiences, and different beliefs. Although the complications of the criminal legal system in SC are vast, Ana is determined to balance the scales of justice alongside those devoted to change a system designed to destroy people within its discriminatory and often Draconian cogs.

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