Social justice lawyer
New Orleans, LA

“Having lived intergenerationally with hundreds of Catholic nuns, accompanied many geriatric incarcerated people to their deaths in prison, and studied creative aging, I have a unique perspective on aging and death.”


Alison McCrary is a tribal citizen of the Ani-Yun-Wiya United Cherokee Nation, a social justice movement lawyer, Catholic activist, restorative justice practitioner and an internationally sought-after speaker on social justice, spirituality and liberation. 

Alison currently serves as the Practitioner-In-Residence at Wake Forest University’s School of Divinity, a Spiritual Advisor on Louisiana’s death row, and the Movement Capacity Building Strategist supporting about 50 formerly-incarcerated-people-led nonprofits in the United States. 

She formerly served as the Statewide Campaign Manager for the Unanimous Jury Coalition abolishing a 138-year-old Jim Crow law in Louisiana, the founding Director of the Louisiana Re-Entry Mediation Program, the Executive Director of the National Police Accountability Project, President of the Louisiana Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, and Founding Director of the New Orleans Community-Police Mediation. 

As a 2010 Soros Justice Advocacy Fellow in New Orleans, she challenged and changed policing practices and policies to transform relationships between police officers and the bearers of New Orleans’s indigenous cultural traditions. She works on issues related to criminal justice reform, environmental justice, immigrant rights, international human rights, cultural preservation, voting rights, disaster recovery and housing rights, and provides support to various social justice movements and organizations locally, nationally and internationally. 

Prior to law school, she worked at the Capital Post-Conviction Project of Louisiana providing litigation support on death penalty cases and at the United Nations monitoring the implementation of U.N. Security Council Resolutions relating to women, peace and security. 

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