Allison A. Parker (Stacker) is an attorney licensed in Illinois. She earned her law degree with Honors from University of North Carolina, at Chapel Hill. While there, she co-chaired the Innocence Project’s collaborative clinic, was a clerk for the U.S. District Court in the 4th Circuit, and was the Articles Editor of the Journal of Law and Technology. Ms. Parker was a business litigator with one of Chicago’s oldest and largest law firms, but was most fulfilled by the work she did in the firm’s pro bono program. There, she represented children’s rights in a variety of settings, including guardianships, family law, disability law, negotiating rehabilitation plans for troubled youth with the Chicago School Board, domestic violence under VAWA, as well as a number of refugee and asylum matters.
Ms. Parker was Adjunct Faculty of Family Law at Concordia University where she noticed a gap between the disciplines of law and behavioral health. She saw innumerable areas how conflict could be more holistically understood, which led Ms. Parker to earn a substantial number of graduate units and accrue hundreds of hours as a trainee therapist. She taught Law and Ethics, Mediation, and Theories of Conflict Resolution to students in Masters and PhD programs, conducted trainings, presented her abstracts and research on new models of mediation, such as a culturally-informed feminist models, models of community healing, and youth-led reconciliation programs.
Ms. Parker is married and has two sons. She is one of Disarming Childhood’s founding Board Members and its Assistant Director. Ms. Parker has always had a passion for a more just world, especially for children, and is tireless in seeking creative, cross-collaborative methods toward achieving that end.