John Carella is a staff attorney in SCSJ’s voting rights team and engages in litigation regarding redistricting, voter registration, and other issues surrounding the right to vote in free and fair elections. Prior to joining SCSJ, John worked for six years with the Office of Appellate Defender, where he represented indigent clients in direct appeals before the North Carolina appellate courts. John previously practiced law in both Pennsylvania and California. For four years he was a staff attorney with Bay Area Legal Aid, where he represented tenants living in subsidized housing in San Francisco and Oakland. In that role, he litigated eviction defense cases and represented plaintiffs in civil litigation raising fair housing and civil rights claims. John is a 2004 graduate of the University of Chicago Law School and a 2001 graduate of UNC Chapel Hill, where he was a Morehead-Cain Scholar.