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Shauna Marshall - UC Hastings College of the Law. San Francisco, CA, US

Shauna Marshall

The Honorable Raymond L. Sullivan Professor of Law | UC Hastings College of the Law

San Francisco, CA, UNITED STATES

Contacts: marshall@uchastings.edu / 415-581-8922 / Office 603A-200


Shauna Marshall joined the Hastings faculty in 1994 as a Clinical Law Professor. Prior to joining the faculty, she spent 15 years working on behalf of the public interest. She began her career as a trial attorney for the US Department of Justice, Antitrust Division. Five years later, she joined Equal Rights Advocates as a staff attorney working on impact cases, policy initiatives and mobilizing campaigns on behalf of low income women and women of color. She then spent four years in the Stanford and East Palo Alto community, lecturing in the areas of civil rights and community law practice at Stanford Law School and directing the East Palo Alto Community Law Project. She served as Hastings Associate Academic Dean from 2000 – 2002 and Academic Dean from 2005 – 2013. She stepped down as Academic Dean in 2013 and joined the emeritus faculty in 2014. Professor Marshall writes in the area of community law practice and social justice. Professor Marshall's greatest joy is mentoring future social justice advocates. In her new semi-retired role, she is able to meet former students for lunch, a drink or a cup of coffee and learn about the amazing work they do with their UC Hastings degree.

During her free time, Professor Marshall likes to travel with her family, read novels, take Zumba classes and spend weekends at her home in Clayton, California​.





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Areas of Expertise (3)

Race, Racism and American Law

Public Interest Lawyering

Rebellious Lawyering

Education (3)

Stanford Law School: J.S.M., Law

UC Davis School of Law: J.D., Law

Washington University, St. Louis: B.A., Undergraduate Studies

Affiliations (1)

  • The Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights, The Rosenberg Foundation, Presidio Dance Theatre

Media Appearances (2)

Practical-Skills Plan Divides Law School Association

The National Law Journal  online


Shauna Marshall, professor emeritus at the University of California Hastings College of the Law and chair of the bar’s admission reform committee, and Charles Weisselberg, an associate dean at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, in a response to the deans said that their objections to the plan appeared to be based on earlier versions of the proposal, rather than the final one...

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UC Hastings to convert entrepreneur law clinics into classes

San Francisco Business Times  online


It is part of an overall push by UC Hastings to refine how it trains lawyers of the future. That comes out of an 18-month strategic planning process overseen by Chancellor Frank Wu and Academic Dean Shauna Marshall...

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Selected Articles (5)

Economic Justice: Growing Inequality in America: Progressive Reform Panel

Hastings Race and Poverty Law Journal


My name is Shauna Marshall and I will be the moderator for this panel, although it clearly needs no moderation. In fact I am not sure there is much I will be able to do to moderate. Many of us who are schooled as lawyers often delve deeply in the substance and spend too little time really examining the strategies for bringing about the goals and qualities that we care so deeply about. Today we are really lucky because we have a group of panelists who work for the things we all care about: social equality, economic justice, peace throughout the world, maintenance of our civil liberties. But they do it from different vantage points and from a variety of perspectives...

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Mission Impossible?: Ethical Community Lawyering

Clinical Law Review


Lawyers working in low income and poorly resourced communities as well as teachers and law students working in clinical programs engage, from time to time, in a style of practice known as community lawyering. The practice is premised upon the belief that one way to remedy certain types of problems in poor communities is for the community to be an integral part of the development and implementation of the solutions to these problems...

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Walking the Walk: An Affirmative Action Plan for Moving Welfare Parents into the Workplace

Stanford Law and Policy Review


Last fall two African American women visited me at my office for informational interviews. The first woman was in her late forties and had recently moved to San Francisco from a Midwestern city, where she had worked for over twenty years in a hospital, first as a medical secretary, and eventually as chief administrator for her unit. For most of her adult life, she was a single mother...

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Insightfully Depicting the "Trees" but Blurring the "Forest": A Review of Jill Duerr Berrick' s Faces of Poverty: Portraits of Women and Children on Welfare

Hastings Women's Law Journal


As I read Jill Duerr Berrick's book, Faces of Poverty: Portraits of Women and Children On Welfare, l I was reminded of my first law-related job. I worked as a legal intern for the Welfare Law Unit of the St. Louis Legal Aid Society. My job was to represent people who, for one reason or another, had been denied public assistance. Most of the people I worked with were women, African American mothers who needed Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC). I have many memories of the women with whom I worked, some vivid, some diffuse...

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Class Actions as Instruments of Change: Reflections on Davis v. City and County of San Francisco

University of San Francisco Law Review


On March 9, 1984, black women, white women and the San Francisco Chapter of the International Association of Black Firefighters ("BFA") filed a civil rights action complaint against the City and County of San Francisco. That action, Davis v. City and County of San Francisco sought damages, declaratory relief and injunctive relief and alleged that the San Francisco Fire Department ("SFFD") used discriminatory procedures for the selection and promotion of firefighters...

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