John Cusick joined the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. as an Equal Justice Works Fellow sponsored by the Venture Justice Fund. He graduated from New York University School of Law, where he was a member of the Juvenile Defender and Racial Equity Strategies Clinics and a recipient of the Vanderbilt Medal for outstanding contributions to the law school community. While in law school, he served as an Article Selection Editor for the NYU Review of Law & Social Change, a Policing Project extern, and a student fellow at the Center on the Administration of Criminal Law. Prior to law school, John worked first as an Urban Fellow at the New York City Law Department and then as an assistant project manager at From Punishment to Public Health. He graduated summa cum laude from John Jay College of Criminal Justice with a B.A. in Humanities and Justice.