Terry Schuster is head of the Office of the Corrections Ombudsperson for the State of New Jersey. Previously, he focused on criminal justice policy reform as a manager with the Public Safety Performance Project at the Pew Charitable Trusts in Washington, D.C. Immediately after graduating from law school, he was a fellow with the Juvenile Law Center in Philadelphia, a public interest law firm for children, where he focused on legal challenges to laws that treat juvenile offenders as adults. His work was funded by a Texas Law Faculty Post-Graduate Fellowship in Public Interest Law. After his fellowship, he was a member of the court-appointed monitoring team overseeing reforms to the Ohio juvenile prison system.
At Texas Law, Terry participated in the Capital Punishment Clinic and was co-president of OUTLaw. He worked for Texas RioGrande Legal Aid’s Regional Public Defender’s Office in Del Rio; the Travis County Juvenile Court; the Office of the Special Master of the California Department of Corrections Division of Juvenile Justice; the Texas Youth Commission’s Office of the Independent Ombudsman; and the Federal Court Monitor on a project relating to the Ohio Department of Youth Services.