Nyssa Taylor is the managing staff attorney of the New Jersey Innocence Project (NJIP). The NJIP represents incarcerated New Jersey residents who have been wrongly convicted of crimes and seek exoneration.
Immediately prior to joining the NJIP, Nyssa served as the criminal justice strategic litigation and policy counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania, where she developed class-action lawsuits to defend civil liberties and tackle systemic injustice. She also wrote reports highlighting issues of statewide importance and provided public testimony before local and state legislative bodies.
Nyssa served as the Title IX Manager for Rowan University from 2016 through 2017. She provided key guidance to ensure the University's Compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and led activities and training. She also conducted investigations of complaints alleging sexual harassment and sexual misconduct.
Before that, Nyssa served for over a decade, as an assistant public defender at the Defender Association of Philadelphia. She worked in both the major trials and appeals divisions. In 2013, the Defender Association awarded Nyssa the Clarence Earl Gideon Award for Outstanding Service, and the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers awarded her the Bernard L. Siegel Memorial Award for Service.
In addition, as a trial team coach and adjunct professor, Nyssa taught trial skills at Temple University, Beasley School of Law.
Nyssa Taylor earned her B.A. from Swarthmore College in 2000 and her J.D from Temple University Beasley School of Law in 2005.