Sakinda Skinner is an attorney with the Maryland Office of the Public Defender. In addition to providing superior legal representation and zealous advocacy to indigent clients in Prince George’s County, she actively engages with the community in which she and her clients reside. As an assistant public defender, she co-founded C.A.R.E. (Client Access to Resources and Empowerment), a program that aims to equip indigent clients with the tools necessary to gain stability, independence, and successfully reintegrate back into the community. Since the inception of the C.A.R.E. program, former and current clients have received social service referrals, housing placement, and assistance with over 500 expungement petitions.
Sakinda also serves as chair of the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Committee for the Maryland Office of the Public Defender. In this role, she implemented a strategic action plan to improve the agency’s diversity and inclusion initiatives and oversees the Committee in executing its strategic action plan. Sakinda is also an active member of the Prince George’s County Re-Entry Roundtable, for which she regularly attends meetings to discuss current re-entry issues such as transitional housing.
Sakinda earned her bachelor’s in criminology from Kansas State University. She received her law degree from the University of the District of Columbia, David A. Clarke School of Law. After law school, Sakinda clerked for the Honorable Hassan A. El-Amin. Sakinda began her career with the Maryland Office of the Public Defender in 2013.