At this year's Foundation Day, the Wyoming High School student body had the opportunity to hear from Randy Susskind, Wyoming High School Class of 1985 and the Deputy Director of the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), in Montgomery, Alabama. EJI is a non-profit organization that provides legal representation to people who have been illegally convicted, unfairly sentenced, or abused in state jails and prisons.
Mr. Susskind represents people sentenced to death and children sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole. His representation involves trial level and appellate advocacy in both state and federal court, including cases before the United States Supreme Court. He teaches and advises law students and assists lawyers throughout the country in capital litigation. Additionally, he manages several of EJI’s public education projects and programs.
In high school, he participated in several sports, including soccer, tennis, and basketball and was active in student government, choir, and Latin club. Following high school, Mr. Susskind graduated from Denison University with a BA in philosophy and received his JD from Georgetown University Law Center. In addition to his work with EJI, he serves as an adjunct assistant professor of clinical law at New York University School of Law.
After Mr. Susskind addressed the entire student body, he participated in a small group question and answer session, lunch, and a student-led tour of the building.
The Wyoming School Foundation Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes alumni who have made significant contributions to society, and whose accomplishments, affiliations, and careers have honored the legacy of excellence of Wyoming Schools. Click here to learn more about the Distinguished Alumni of Wyoming High School and make a nomination.