In 2005, Archana Prakash (She, her, hers) started her career as a public defender at The Bronx Defenders. She moved to the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem in 2008 where she worked for over a decade. While at NDS she held positions as a Staff Attorney and a Supervisor. She ended her time at NDS as a Senior Staff Attorney, representing clients charged with homicides and other serious offenses. She has tried cases ranging from homicides to violations and represented thousands of clients in New York City. She is on the faculty at the National Criminal Defense College and the NYSDA Basic Trial Skills Program. She teaches at various other public defender training and spent three months in Palestine through the International Legal Foundation training and mentoring public defenders. Prior to becoming a public defender she worked at Neufeld, Scheck & Brustin, a small law firm focusing on civil rights litigation. After graduating from law school, she clerked for the Honorable Myron H. Thompson in the Middle District of Alabama. She is a graduate of Columbia Law School and Cornell University.