Anna Rapa (B.A. '00) is an attorney in Grand Rapids at the Law Office of Anna R. Rapa, where she defends clients and helps them through the legal system. She represents people in federal, state, and appeal courts in Michigan, and most of her community-oriented work is free or low-cost for those who are typically not able to afford a criminal defense attorney.
She is also is the Executive Director at the Carter-Alexander Institute for Law and Justice, which researches systematic oppression in the nation's legal and social systems and looks for ways to make such systems more just.
She completed a Bachelor of Arts in Youth Psychology at Cornerstone University, and then earned her J.D. at Western Michigan University Cooley Law School, where she graduated first in her class. She has also received an M.A. in Intercultural Studies from Bethany Global University, where she completed a master's thesis on the overlap between community and spirituality.
Anna believes that her advocacy work fits into God's desire for justice and shows Christ's love to those in prison, demonstrating to them that they are human beings with dignity and worth who are made in the image of God. She seeks to bring God's restoration into their lives.
Besides her practice, Anna is involved in City Life Church and is currently teaching a class in the church about God's values of justice and where injustice is found in the local community today. Her hobbies include reading, photography, pottery, travel and writing about culture and evangelism.
Anna Rapa will be recognized as the Traditional Undergraduate Alumna of the Year on Feb. 17, 2017, during the Cornerstone University Winter Gala at Frederik Meijer Gardens. Please RSVP online by Feb. 3, 2017.