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Natasha M. Dartigue

Natasha M. Dartigue

Natasha M. Dartigue

Deputy District Public Defender
Office of the Public Defender, Baltimore City

Since she graduated from Howard University School of Law and clerked for a Baltimore Circuit Court judge, Natasha M. Dartigue has spent her entire 30-plus year career in the Baltimore Public Defender’s Office.

She has worked in the district and juvenile court divisions, as felony trial supervisor and, since 2017, as deputy district public defender.

The daughter of Haitian immigrants, she is a 2017 graduate of the Greater Baltimore Committee’s Leadership Program, a nonprofit enterprise that trains men and women in Baltimore to be better leaders in the community.

At work and in the community, much of Dartigue’s energy is devoted to helping young people.

Among many other youth-oriented activities, she has been a Mock Trial Team coach at the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, an adult education tutor at Baltimore Community College and a teacher for the Center for Urban Families STRIVE program, which is designed to help young men and women in high-crime, high-poverty areas of the city.

“Whether teaching elementary school-aged children the fundamentals of law …, mentoring high school students or presenting to young adults at the Center for Urban Families, I enjoy engaging and connecting with inner-city children,” Dartigue said.

“Serving as a role model in underserved and disenfranchised communities positively affects the profession, the community and me personally. … Being visible in the community and working hands-on creates a positive image and inspires children to dream big.”

She has won service awards from the Baltimore City Recreation and Parks Office and the Office of the Public Defender.

Kate Wilson, program manager for STRIVE Future Leaders, said Dartigue teaches the “know your rights” sessions of the program, educating young people on how to conduct themselves when stopped by the police.

Dartigue has done “a phenomenal job in this role and future leaders enjoy the class,” Wilson said. “In addition, she has made herself available to assist with individual cases where future leaders have faced challenges with court cases or were unnecessarily detained.”

This is a winner profile from The Daily Record's 2018 Leadership in Law awards. Information for this profile was sourced from the honoree's application for the award.