Shannon Cumberbatch


Shannon oversees all hiring policies and practices at The Bronx Defenders, as well as organizes and facilitates the race, class, power, privilege, diversity and inclusion initiatives.  In addition to supervising the Bronx Defenders Holistic Externship at Columbia Law, Shannon supervises and collaborates with the Community Organizing Practice and the Robert P. Patterson Jr. Youth Mentoring Program.  Shannon created and leads the Intern of Color Mentoring Program, which offers a critical race curriculum and mentorship to interns from racially diverse backgrounds, and the Job Preparation Series, assisting community members in resume building, cover-letter drafting, mock interviewing and obtaining professional attire. As an attorney in the Criminal Defense Practice, Shannon collaborated in the supervision of The Bronx Defenders’ Desk Appearance Ticket Project, through which she trained and supervised firm associates in arraigning clients in criminal court while collecting data on the enmeshed consequences of each arrest.

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 and participated in the Juvenile Defender Clinic, representing juveniles in delinquency proceedings at the Legal Aid Society. Shannon interned at the Public Defender Service of the District of Columbia and The Office of Child Advocate Attorneys in Atlanta, GA, and was an extern at 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, graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude.

Publications: Shannon A. Cumberbatch, Enforcement and Enmeshed Consequences: The Limitations of Conventional Criminal Justice Reform, 52 Wash. U. J. L. & Pol’y 007 (2016),
https://openscholarship.wustl.edu/law_journal_law_policy/vol52/iss1/8