Shannon McKinnon is the Legal Director at Immigrant Justice Corps. Ms. McKinnon was previously a Supervising Attorney for the Immigrant Rights Program at the American Friends Service Committee in Newark, New Jersey. She and the team she supervised represented adults and juveniles in all stages of removal proceedings, appeals, and a wide variety of affirmative applications before United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.
Ms. McKinnon also engaged in various community education initiatives and advocated for local policy reform on immigrant rights issues. Prior to that, Ms. McKinnon was a staff attorney in the Immigration Law Unit of the Legal Aid Society where her legal representation was focused on removal defense and particularly the intersection between immigration and criminal law. Prior to becoming a staff attorney, she worked at Cooley LLP and, together with Legal Aid, formed a pro bono program to defend detained immigrants. She received her J.D. from New York University School of Law and her B.A. from University of California at Los Angeles.