Senior Staff Attorney, Criminal Defense Practice
Shannon Heery grew up in High Point, North Carolina. After years of torture at the hands of three relentless older brothers, she successfully escaped and received a B.A. in English and Psychology from UNC Chapel Hill. While there, Shannon volunteered for nearly two years at a North Carolina State psychiatric facility that provided treatment to criminal defendants with serious mental illnesses. One criminal law class later, she knew she wanted to be a public defender. After undergrad, Shannon made the big move to New York, only to realize she had to pay her dues as a paralegal. Luckily, at Sidley Austin LLP, Shannon was able to work with the Equal Justice Initiative on pro bono post-conviction litigation for an Alabama death row inmate.
After that incredible experience, Shannon made it to Washington University in St. Louis for law school. During law school, Shannon interned at the State of Maryland Office of the Public Defender in Montgomery County, just outside of D.C., and was a clinical intern at the Missouri State Public Defender in St. Louis County. Shannon was fortunate enough to meet her mentor, Professor Emily Hughes. Professor Hughes provided invaluable advice and guidance to Shannon, and allowed Shannon to be her research assistant for her work on the Capital Jury Project. Shannon was a staff editor on the Washington University Journal of Law & Policy, and, inspired by her work with the death row inmate, published an article entitled “If It’s Constitutional, Then What’s the Problem?: The Use of Judicial Override in Alabama Death Penalty Sentencing” in its 34th Volume.
Shannon graduated from Washington University cum laude in 2010, and is thrilled to have her dream job working as a trial attorney at Brooklyn Defender Services.