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Elizabeth Parker, Esq.

Secretary of Board
 

Elizabeth L. Parker received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Auburn University in 1994 and her Juris Doctorate from Loyola University School of Law, New Orleans, Louisiana in 1998. She began her career as an Assistant State Attorney in the Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office in 1998.

While working as a prosecutor, Elizabeth handled Misdemeanor, Domestic Violence, Felony and Traffic Homicide cases including D.U.I. Manslaughter, Vehicular Homicide, and Manslaughter by Culpable Negligence. She served as the Deputy Chief of County Court from June of 2003 until December of 2006 and then as the Chief of the County Court Division and the Domestic Violence Division from January of 2007 until December of 2008. From January of 2009 until August of 2011, she held the position of Chief Assistant State Attorney.

As a Chief Assistant State Attorney her responsibilities specifically included: hiring of new attorneys, daily supervision of the Misdemeanor Division and Domestic Violence Unit, the Satellite offices, and the Appellate Unit, working closely with law enforcement on investigations, reviewing and assisting on search warrants and arrest warrants, constant case review for filing decisions, trial strategies, legal theories, ethical considerations, daily, weekly and monthly attorney training, caseload management, calendar coverage, liaison for statewide issues, complaint resolution relating to staff or charging decisions, and working closely with Judges to ensure efficiency in the courtrooms.

In addition to the administrative duties as Chief Assistant, Elizabeth personally litigated cases of great public importance, involving new or novel issues of law, technical matters with expert witnesses, and high profile cases requiring substantial trial and media relations experience. Elizabeth created the Advocacy Institute at the State Attorney’s Office and oversaw the training of each new lawyers and special prosecutors (private lawyers volunteering as prosecutors).
During her time, she trained hundreds of prosecutors how to successfully try DUI cases both in Palm Beach County and around the state. Elizabeth was a member of the Florida Prosecuting Attorney’s Association (FPAA) Education Committee. During her time as an Assistant State Attorney, Ms. Parker lectured for the FPAA and the Florida Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor Program for prosecutors in the areas of opening statement, closing argument, pre-trial motions, cross-examination of experts, and trial techniques. She was a member of the Technical Advisory Committee for the Institute of Police Technology and Management (IPTM) from 2007-2011.

In September of 2011 Elizabeth opened her own Victim Advocacy and Criminal Defense firm in Palm Beach County Florida. Ms. Parker advocates on behalf of child victims of sexual abuse and works closely with law enforcement and prosecutors to be a voice for them and assist them throughout the criminal justice process. Ms. Parker teaches on behalf of the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence to law enforcement officers throughout the State of Florida how to investigate incidents of Domestic Violence and how to properly collect and preserve evidence to enable prosecutions even when the victim refuses to cooperate.

As a criminal defense attorney Elizabeth has litigated high profile cases and has appeared on the Nancy Grace show and In Session as a legal analyst on high profile cases such as Jerry Sandusky, George Zimmerman, John Goodman, Adam Kauffman, and Tammy Smith. She was the legal analyst for USA TODAY during the George Zimmerman trial. Elizabeth Parker has appeared on Dateline, 20/20, Snapped, Sins and Secrets, Nothing Personal, and In Session for her role as the lead prosecutor in the Dalia Dippolito case. Elizabeth is also the author of the book “Poison Candy” a behind the investigation and beyond the courtroom scenes of the Dalia Dippolito case, with astonishing never-before-revealed facts and details far too lurid for the trial.

Testimonials

"Thank you for giving us the opportunity to be included in the KidSafe program. I highly recommend this program to other schools. We hope that we will be given the same opportunity for our Kindergarten and 2nd grade students to be a part of this wonderful program during the 2016-2017 school year."

Mrs. Keelyn Meselsohn 2nd Grade Teacher/Team Leader Tradewinds Elementary School

"The Safe and Smart Series Book My Body Is Special and Belongs To Me is kept in my middle school clinic and has been a tool that has opened many conversations for me between students that have experienced a difficult situation and were unable to talk about it. Through the illustrations and nonjudgmental verbiage the author has allowed kids permission to share their feelings about invasion of their personal space. Thank you so much."

Nurse Connie, PBC School Nurse 6.8.2016

"I'm so grateful that KidSafe has partnered with my daughter's school.  I learned so much in the parent training--how to recognize potential sexual predator behavior; how to quiz my child about what they would do in different scenarios; and how to explain safe and unsafe touch.  In addition, knowing that my daughter is receiving weekly trainings on these topics gives me great peace of mind.  I have confidence that I can reinforce what she is learning in school in order to prevent her from ever being a victim of such a heinous crime.  Thank you KidSafe for your dedication to protecting our communities' most vulnerable citizens."

Christina Kranick

“It was a normal Saturday and I was at the rink with my 7 and 8 year old. My son asked me if he could use the Men’s Restroom by himself.  Without hesitation, my daughter said,  Absolutely not! I was in KidSafe today and you cannot go to the restroom alone.  It is very important that Mommy is with you.. with us.   I was so proud of my little girl!  We are so blessed to have Debbie Miller at our school teaching our children the importance of safety. Many thanks to you all!  Your program and instruction is absolutely amazing.  Keep up the great work!"  

Tara Henley Admissions Assistant, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church and School, Ft. Lauderdale

I am a parent of two Pine Crest children and I attended your program on Monday night. I just wanted to thank you so very much for the very informative seminar. As hard as it was to hear all of those things, it was very needed. We were thrilled that you were able to come and share that very important information with us and our children. So again...thank you.

Elisa Aronberg

Today’s training was awesome! It was very informative. Sally was a very good resource, she motivated us a lot! We want to pass on this information to parents, teachers and students! Thank you for offering workshops like this. These are tools we use to continue serving our children and families.

Participant from Children’s Services Council of Broward Seminar

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