West-Stiles Named DPA Southern Regional Manager
The Public Advocate has appointed Shanda West-Stiles as the Southern Regional Manager for the Department of Public Advocacy. Shanda earned her law degree from the Paul M. Hebert School of Law at Louisiana State University and graduated from Western Kentucky University with a double major in psychology and government. Shanda began her career at DPA in 1999 in the Columbia Trial Office and has represented clients in all eight counties in the office’s large service area (Adair, Casey, Clinton, Cumberland, Green, Marion, Taylor, and Washington). She became the Directing Attorney of the Columbia Office in 2011. Shanda was the recipient of the 2017 Clarence Earl Gideon Award in recognition of her exceptional service to her clients and to the mission of public defense. Shanda and her husband Jeff live in Adair County.