Gender Bias Learning Project

A zany brainy look at a serious subject

A project of the Center for WorkLife Law UC Hastings College of the Law

Shauna Marshall

Shauna Marshall is a Professor of Law and the Academic Dean of University of California, Hastings College of the Law. She received her B.A. from Washington University, St. Louis and her J.D. from UC Davis School of Law. Upon graduation from law school, she joined the U.S. Justice Department’s Honor Program as a trial attorney in the Antitrust Division. She left the Justice Department in 1984 and spent six years as a staff attorney for Equal Rights Advocates, working on impact cases and public education and organizing campaigns on behalf of low-income women and women of color. She spent the next four years in the Stanford and East Palo Alto community, receiving her J.S.M. from Stanford, 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 joined the UC Hastings faculty as a Clinical Professor in 1994, served as Associate Academic Dean from 2000 to 2002, and became Academic Dean in 2005.

Dean Marshall’s writings reflect her interest in ethical issues apparent in community law practice and civil rights litigation. Two of her articles, “Class Actions As Instruments of Change: Reflections on Davis v. City & County of San Francisco” and “Mission Impossible: Ethical Community Lawyering” explore the competing interests of class members in an employment discrimination case and community groups in East Palo Alto. She enjoys traveling, quiet weekends along the Russian River, and spending time with her family.