Sherika Shnider is a Staff Attorney at the Center for Children’s Law and Policy where she works to support the Center’s mission of eliminating racial and ethnic disparities in the juvenile legal system, implementing alternatives to incarceration, and ending dangerous and inhumane conditions for youth in custody.
Prior to joining CCLP, Sherika 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.
Sherika 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 youth who were sentenced to life without the possibility of parole and students in school disciplinary proceedings. Sherika is also a certified Youth Defender Advocacy Program (YDAP) (formerly Juvenile Training Immersion Program) trainer.
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