Elizabeth Barker  
Alternate Defender Office
Title: Supervising Attorney
Phone: 925.335.8181


Elizabeth Barker joined the Contra Costa County Public Defender’s Office in 1992, and has served in a variety of roles. In 2014, she became the supervisor of the Alternate Defender Office, which handles cases that staff in the main office cannot take on, whether because of a conflict of interest or for other reasons.

Ms. Barker has worked in the Alternate Defender Office and in the Richmond office. She has represented clients in a broad variety of cases, including juvenile, juvenile dependency, misdemeanor, felony, and death penalty cases.

She earned her J.D. from Cornell Law School in 1989, where she worked in the school’s Legal Aid Clinic. She worked for two years at a law firm in San Francisco, and represented clients pro bono through the Legal Aid Society. In 2013, she received a Public Service Award from Cornell Law School. She received a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Pennsylvania in 1985.  

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