Shauna Marshall

Shauna is one of our panelists at “The Impact of Slavery on American Jurisprudence and Activism” on Thursday, February 21, 2019, in San Francisco.


1619_panel_Shauna_Marshall_200pxShauna Marshall joined the UC Hastings faculty in 1994 as a Clinical Law Professor.  Under Professor Marshall’s direction, the students in her clinic worked on poverty law and social justice impact cases.

The work ranged from representing individual clients who were denied minimum wage or overtime payments to developing the factual basis for a class action against a California state prison for failing to provide adequate healthcare to women prisoners.

Prior to joining the faculty, Professor Marshall 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 prosecuting price fixing and other anticompetitive practices.

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.

While at ERA she litigated Davis v. City and County of San Francisco, the historic desegregation case of the San Francisco Fire Department and Colombano v. City and County of San Francisco, a case involving severe sexual harassment of one of San Francisco’s first woman police sergeants.  She also worked on a case that tried to establish manufacturer liability for unpaid wages to garment workers toiling in Chinatown sweatshops.

Professor Marshall 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.

The Law Project, the only legal services program available in East Palo Alto, served a community that was approximately forty percent African American and forty percent Latino during Professor Marshall’s tenure.

Under her leadership the East Palo Alto Community Law Project stopped a redevelopment project that was exploitive of the community and replaced it with a project that brought jobs, affordable housing and an increased tax base to East Palo Alto.  The Project also worked to ensure that residents of East Palo Alto had access to decent and affordable housing and that students living in the district had equal educational opportunities.

After joining UC Hastings as a Clinical Law, Professor Marshall served as its Associate Academic Dean from 2000 – 2002 and Academic Dean from 2005 – 2013.  As Academic Dean, she was the chief academic officer for the College and oversaw the development and implementation of the curriculum, was responsible for admissions and financial aid policies, career services as well as all educational support and co-curricular programs.

During her tenure she oversaw a strategic plan that brought meaningful integration of theory and practice to the law school curriculum and the development of a strong pro bono program.

She stepped down as Academic Dean in 2013 and joined the emeritus faculty in 2014. Professor Marshall currently teaches a course on Race, Racism and American Law and writes in the area of community law practice and social justice.

Professor Marshall serves on the board of directors of the Rosenberg Foundation, a San Francisco Bay area social justice foundation and chairs the boards of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights of the SF Bay area and the Presidio Dance Theatre, a world dance company.  Her greatest joy is mentoring future social justice advocates.