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Post Screening Panelist, Public Defender

Heather Shaner

Film Participant, Public Defender; Criminal Defense Attorney

Heather Shaner is well-known within the Washington, DC legal community as the septuagenarian who sports blue bangs, eschews suits, hugs prosecutors, and babysits for her clients. But being asked to defend Americans who engaged in acts of insurrection forced her to reckon with her own anger and hurt over what had happened in her hometown on January 6, 2021. Heather is passionate about prompting her clients’ curiosity and deepening their understanding of history, not just to influence a judge’s verdict but to open their hearts and minds long after their trials and sentences.