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April Preyar

April Preyar

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April Preyar is a seasoned criminal defense and rights attorney in Chicago. She founded an online movement called, the JustUs Junkie. The name “JustUs” refers to the notion that true justice has historically been unavailable to Black and brown people. In turn, people of color feel alienated by, underserved by and isolated from the court system and frightened and terrorized by law enforcement.

Preyar seeks to change this paradigm by “bringing justice from the courtrooms to the corners” through informative, down-to-earth, conversational videos, blog posts, video podcasts and in-person workshops. Her most popular video has reached nearly 2 million views to date.

She has been featured on ABC News Chicago as a legal expert. She has also appeared on WGCI Chicago radio, V103 Chicago radio, WSRB radio Hammond, UBM radio and others, giving her legal analysis on national media cases such as Sandra Bland, Trayvon Martin and Harith Augustus.

Preyar has served on panels regarding criminal justice reform before the National Bar Association and Rainbow P.U.S.H. She has conducted “Know Your Rights” seminars for elementary school children, teenagers and adults. She recently spoke to “Polished Peebles – Chicago,” a mentorship program for girls which also has a branch at Duke.

Preyar has served as a guest instructor for several years for the University of Chicago Mandel Legal Clinic Intensive Trial Advocacy Course for third year law students. She also taught English at Malcolm X College in Chicago. She will serve as an adjunct professor at John Marshall Law School in the Fall.

The Oxygen Television Network filmed an hour-long interview of Preyar for its new docuseries, (tentatively named) Anti-Social Behavior. Preyar was be featured on the episode regarding crimes committed using social media in the late Fall/early Winter of 2018.

Preyar received national media attention recently for obtaining a not guilty after jury trial for Morocco Omari, “Tariq” on “Empire.” She also negotiated probation instead of a 60 year sentence for the lead defendant in the so-called “Facebook Four Kidnapping” case. Her client was the only one of the four to avoid prison time. She has also successfully represented several Black Lives Matter protestors.