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Shayla Marshall

Missouri State Public Defender


Shayla Marshall is the District Defender of the Missouri State Public Defender's St. Joseph Office where she leads a staff of high-level criminal defense lawyers and legal assistants in pursuit of justice on behalf of the accused. Additionally, Ms. Marshall is the Diversity and Inclusion Officer for the Missouri State Public Defender System where she leads the diversity, equity and inclusion strategy in the areas of recruitment, hiring, training and employee relations. Ms. Marshall has tried cases from misdemeanors to murder in the first degree, and frequently presents on litigating race, racial justice and antibias in the workplace. Ms. Marshall is on the board of directors for the Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers,  a member the National Association of Public Defense Racial Justice Litigation Committee, and Racial Justice Policy Committee, and is also a member of Jackson County Bar Association and Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association.