Shannon Cumberbatch


Shannon is the Recruiting and Hiring Manager at The Bronx Defenders, as well as a Staff Attorney in the Criminal Defense Practice. She is also a Lecturer in Law at Columbia Law School, via The Bronx Defenders Holistic Defense Externship Program. While at The Bronx Defenders, Shannon has co-supervised The Bronx Defenders’ Desk Appearance Ticket Project, through which she trained and guided law firm associates in arraigning clients in criminal court while collecting data on the enmeshed consequences of each arrest. Shannon also created and operates the Intern of Color Mentoring Program, which offers a critical race curriculum and mentorship to interns from marginalized backgrounds. Shannon also founded the Job Preparation Series, assisting community members in resume building, cover-letter drafting, practice interviews, job searches, and obtaining professional attire. Shannon has served on various boards, including the New York City Council Young Women’s Initiative Anti-Violence/Criminal Justice Working Group. In this capacity, she collaborated with city agencies and organizations to design substantive and procedural criminal justice reform.

Shannon received her J.D. from New York University School of Law where she was a Root-Tilden-Kern Scholar for Public Service. While at NYU Law, Shannon worked on the School to Prison Pipeline through the ACLU Racial Justice Clinic. She also externed at the Legal Aid Society, representing juveniles charged with criminal offenses through the Juvenile Defender Clinic. Shannon assisted welfare-to-work clients in obtaining stable employment through the I-Prep program and mentored high school students competing in constitutional debates through the Legal Outreach program. Shannon has had internships at the Public Defender Service of the District of Columbia and The Office of Child Advocate Attorneys in Atlanta, GA, as well as externships at the The Public Defender’s Office—Atlanta Judicial Circuit, and the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office. Shannon received her B.A. in English from Spelman College, where she served on the Board of Trustees and graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude.