Sherry was C.S. Wong Professor of Law at Cornell Law School. She had been valedictorian of her high school class and then valedictorian of her class at Columbia College. After Harvard Law School, she clerked with Second Circuit Judge Wilfred Feinberg and then Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun. She was frequently quoted in The New York Times and many other publications and was a prolific writer, including in her regular columns on Verdict and Dorf On Law. Sherry wrote the book, Mind if I Order the Cheeseburger? And Other Questions People Ask Vegans, and, with Michael Dorf, wrote Beating Hearts: Abortion and Animal Rights which focuses on sentience as the qualifier for moral consideration.
Sherry was vegan with a sentiocentric moral scope. She seemed to have a naturalistic worldview and was a strident critic of the harms enabled by religions.