Hernandez Stroud is Counsel for the Justice Program of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law. His areas of expertise include mass incarceration, constitutional law, and criminal procedure. He is also an affiliated fellow at Yale Law School.A first-generation college graduate from Alabama, he received his J.D. from Washington and Lee University School of Law, his master's degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and his undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he was President of the Student Government Association. He clerked for Hon. O. Rogeriee Thompson of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and Hon. Madeline Hughes Haikala of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama. Before joining the Brennan Center, he served as the inaugural Robert F. Drinan Visiting Assistant Professor of Law at Boston College Law School, where he taught and wrote on constitutional law, education, citizenship, and federal courts. He was a visiting assistant professor of law at Washington and Lee University School of Law. He was a fellow at Yale Law School, where he studied and lectured on constitutional and criminal-law implications of governmental responses to drug addiction during pregnancy. He was also Acting Director of Policy for the Mayor of the City of New Haven, Connecticut. He has provided policy advice to lawmakers in several states. After college, he taught tenth grade history and civics at Boys' Latin of Philadelphia Charter School through Teach for America. He was named to the 2018 Forbes "30 Under 30" list for law and policy.