Colleen F. Shanahan
Director, The Community Justice Project, Visiting Associate Professor of Law
A.B., Princeton; J.D., Columbia; L.L.M., Georgetown
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Professor Shanahan is Director of The Community Justice Project and a Visiting Associate Professor of Law. Her scholarly work includes the areas of clinical education,...Continue Reading
Professor Shanahan is Director of The Community Justice Project and a Visiting Associate Professor of Law. Her scholarly work includes the areas of clinical education, representation of organizations, the intersection of civil and criminal law, and access to justice. She has been named a Bellow Scholar for her current empirical research into access to justice and clinical legal representation. She received her law degree from Columbia and her undergraduate degree from Princeton. She previously taught as an adjunct professor at Columbia Law School and from 2010-2012 was a fellow in The Community Justice Project, where she received her L.L.M. from Georgetown Law Center. Professor Shanahan serves as a hearing officer in police misconduct cases for the District of Columbia Office of Police Complaints and on the Board of the Equal Rights Center.
Prior to her arrival at the Law Center, Professor Shanahan was in private practice at Williams & Connolly in Washington, DC and Hangley Aronchick Segal & Pudlin in Philadelphia. In private practice, Professor Shanahan litigated a wide variety of matters at the trial and appellate levels, including complex commercial disputes, criminal defense, professional malpractice and misconduct, and civil rights, and had an active pro bono practice that included post-conviction capital representation, criminal defense, asylum representation, landlord-tenant matters, and assistance to non-profit organizations. She was a law clerk for Third Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Jane Roth and Eastern District of Pennsylvania Judge Michael Baylson.
Educating the Invincibles: Strategies for Teaching the Millenial Generation in Law School, with Emily Benfer, 20 Clinical Law Review (forthcoming Fall 2013)
Adaptive Clinical Teaching, with Emily Benfer, 19 Clinical Law Review 201 (2013)
Significant Entanglements: A Framework for the Civil Consequences of Criminal Convictions, 49 American Criminal Law Review 1387 (2012)
Cultivating Justice for the Working Poor: Clinical Representation of Unemployment Claimants, 18 Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law & Policy 401 (2011)