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Nancy Parr

Nancy G. Parr currently serves as the Commonwealth Attorney for Chesapeake, Virginia. She graduated from the University of Virginia with High Distinction and from T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond. Ms. Parr has been practicing law since 1983. She was a prosecutor in Suffolk for ten years and has worked in Chesapeake since 1994. For six of those years, she also served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia. Also, she was an instructor at the National Advocacy Center from 2001 through 2010.


On March 1, 2005, Ms. Parr was sworn in as the Commonwealth's Attorney for the City of Chesapeake to complete her predecessor's term. She was first elected in November 2005. Since that date, she has implemented new programs and has promoted community outreach in addition to carrying out the traditional role of a prosecutor's office. Her programs include Girls' Empowerment Conferences, Boys' Leadership Conferences, "Traveling the Road to Success" multi-week programs, and Playing on the Right Team" basketball tournaments.


In addition to her work obligations, Ms. Parr is a member of many boards and organizations and volunteers her time to raise funds for charitable organizations. Some of these include the National District Attorneys Association (President Elect 2019-2020, Vice-President for 2017-2020 and Director for 2016), Virginia Association of Commonwealth's Attorneys (President 2014-2015), Commonwealth's Attorney Service Council (Chairman 2014-15), State Crime Commission (2012-14), Governor's Task Force on Prescription Drug and Heroin Abuse, Secure Commonwealth Panel Subcommittee, Virginia State Bar Council (1st Judicial Circuit representative), Chairman on Board of Governors for the Criminal Law Section of the Virginia State Bar, State Child Fatality Review Team, Domestic Violence Advisory Committee, Boys and Girls Clubs of Southeast Virginia Chesapeake Division, the Women's Club of South Norfolk, and Steering Committee for the CHIP Duck Race. Since 2015, she has been a Child Life Volunteer at the Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters.


Ms. Parr was recognized by Virginia Lawyers Weekly as a 2018 Leader in the Law, inducted as a Virginia Law Foundation Fellow in 2017, awarded the 2016 Robert F. Horan, Jr. Outstanding Commonwealth's Attorney Award and the 2014 John Hanna Youth Traffic Safety Award, received the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Eastern Region Certificate of Appreciation in 2012, named Grand Marshall for the 2011 South Norfolk 4th of July Parade, selected as 2008 Woman of the Year for the Women's Division of the Chamber of Commerce Chesapeake, and was the recipient of the Martin Luther King Leadership Award in 2007.


Ms. Parr's experience as a prosecutor in both state and federal government, and civic engagement on many issues involving criminal justice and law enforcement, make her a valuable addition to the Commission.

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