Sheri Lynn Johnson

James and Mark Flanagan Professor of Law
Sheri Johnson
Contact Information
Cornell Law School
245 Hughes Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853-4901

Phone: (607) 255-6478

Amanda Gallagher
Cornell Law School
249 Hughes Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853-4901

Professional Biography

Sheri Lynn Johnson is an expert on the interface of race and issues in criminal procedure, and the Assistant Director of the Cornell Death Penalty project, an initiative to foster empirical scholarship on the death penalty, offer students an opportunity to work with practitioners on death penalty cases, and to provide information and assistance for death penalty lawyers.

After her graduation from Yale Law School in 1979, Professor Johnson worked for a year in the Criminal Appeals Bureau of the New York Legal Aid Society, and then joined the Cornell Law School Faculty in 1981. Professor Johnson co-founded the Cornell Death Penalty Project in 1993.

She currently teaches constitutional and criminal law, and supervises the post-conviction litigation and capital trial clinics.


B.A., University of Minnesota, 1975
J.D., Yale Law School, 1979