Prior to taking the bench as a Justice of the New York State Supreme Court, Shawn spent the majority of his career as a union attorney and public defender, and working as a community activist. Originally from Wilkes-Barre, PA., he was raised by a single mother and was the first in his family to graduate college. Shawn’s love of nature comes from growing up exploring the lakes, streams, mountains, and hiking trails of the magnificent State and County Parks near Wilkes-Barre. Shawn lives with his husband Dave and their dog Scout in upper Manhattan.