Sherika “Sheri” Shnider is managing attorney at the Center for Children’s Law and Policy (CCLP) where she leads CCLP’s Stop Solitary for Kids Campaign, provides technical assistance to jurisdictions engaged in juvenile probation transformation, and works on other key projects focused on implementing alternatives to incarceration and eliminating racial and ethnic disparities in the juvenile legal system. Prior to joining CCLP, she served as Youth Policy Counsel at The Gault Center (formerly the National Juvenile Defender Center) where she worked on legal and policy initiatives related to youth defense. In this role, she provided training and technical assistance to juvenile legal system stakeholders across the country and helped to create and implement initiatives aimed at reducing racial and ethnic disparities in the juvenile legal system.
Sheri graduated with a B.A. in Sociology from The George Washington University and received her J.D. from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law where she was the recipient of the William P. Cunningham Award for exceptional achievement and service to the Law School, as well as the Clinical Legal Education Association Outstanding Team Award for her representation of individuals serving life sentences for offenses committed when they were children and students in school disciplinary proceedings. Sheri is also a certified Youth Defender Advocacy Program (YDAP) (formerly Juvenile Training Immersion Program) trainer.
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