Attorney Team Leader, Criminal Defense Practice
As a devoted Brooklyn resident, Sydney came to Brooklyn Defender Services to further her commitment to the community she loves, and fight the good fight.
Originally from Richmond, California, Sydney comes from a long line of social activists and freedom fighters. The struggle against injustice was instilled in her at an early age, and she was long encouraged to pursue socially conscious endeavors. Before attending college, she spent time volunteering with Spanish-speaking children, where she initiated a reading workshop for at-risk children. Sydney also spent time abroad, attending the University of Habana, Cuba.
After college, Sydney became a bilingual teacher in North Philadelphia, where she dedicated her time to her students and their families. The more time she spent with her kids, the more she learned how they and their families were affected by the criminal justice system. At that point, she decided to pursue public defense.
Sydney moved to Brooklyn, and enrolled in law school. While in law school, she interned with the Center for Social Justice Prisoner’s Self-Help Clinic and the Seton Hall Juvenile Justice Clinic through the Essex County Office of the Public Defender. It was her experience working with the kids in Newark that solidified her conviction in her decision to dedicate her life to working with people caught-up in the system. Sydney received the Center for Social Justice Award for Most Significant Contribution to the Juvenile Justice Clinic for her work with these juveniles. Upon graduation, she joined Brooklyn Defender Services as a trial attorney.
Sydney received her undergraduate degree in religious studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She attended the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, and earned her J.D. from the Seton Hall School of Law, where she was a Dean’s Scholarship recipient.
Sydney is currently admitted to practice law in New York, New Jersey and California.