Chanell Autrey, Esq.
Office of Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie
Ms. Chanell Autrey is a native of Washington, D.C. She graduated from Pennsylvania State University with distinction and received her Bachelors of Arts in Political Science, French, and International Studies. In 2012, she graduated from George Washington University Law School and received the Thurgood Marshall Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Award, an award given to one member of the graduating class who has demonstrated outstanding performance in and dedication to the field of civil rights and civil liberties. While in law school, Ms. Autrey served as a student-attorney with D.C. Law Students in Court, actively litigating misdemeanor cases at D.C. Superior Court.
Upon graduation, Ms. Autrey participated in the G.W. Pathways to Practice Fellowship Program and worked at Harden and Pinckney, PLLC, a criminal defense firm located in Washington, D.C. While at Harden and Pinckney, PLLC, Ms. Autrey conducted extensive legal research related to criminal law and drafted motions and memoranda to assist the managing attorneys with trial preparation.
Ms. Autrey was an Assistant Public Defender with the Maryland Office of the Public Defender from 2013 to 2015. In her role as an Assistant Public Defender, Ms. Autrey represented clients in Baltimore City District Court in all aspects of criminal law litigation by conducting factual and legal investigation for trial preparation. Ms. Autrey mainly represented clients charged with misdemeanor crimes such as Second Degree Assault, Theft, and CDS Possession.
Ms. Autrey currently works as Legislative Counsel in the Office of Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie, Councilmember for Ward 5 in the District of Columbia. In that capacity, Ms. Autrey drafts policing-related legislation for the District of Columbia and conducts oversight functions for the Metropolitan Police Department, Office of Police Complaints, Office of Victim Services, and the D.C. Sentencing and Criminal Code Revision Commission.
Ms. Autrey is the immediate past president of the GW Black Law Alumni Association, a Board Member of the GW Law Alumni Association, and an annual Convention Co-Chair for the National Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division. Ms. Autrey also serves as a mentor with BePolished, which empowers girls in single parent households to exude “Life Etiquette.” BePolished “Life Etiquette” programs encompass elements of healthy behaviors, career development, and innovative thinking.