AREAS OF CONCENTRATION
- Civil Rights
- Labor and Employment
- Constitutional Law
Theodore M. Shaw is Of Counsel to the law firm of Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. His practice involves civil litigation and representation of institutional clients on matters concerning diversity and civil rights. Mr. Shaw joined Fulbright in May of 2008. Mr. Shaw has litigated education, employment, voting rights, housing, police misconduct, capital punishment and other civil rights cases in trial and appellate courts and in the United States Supreme Court.
Prior to joining Fulbright, Mr. Shaw was Director-Counsel and President of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., for which he worked in various capacities over the span of twenty-six years. From 1982 until 1987, he litigated education, housing and capital punishment cases and directed LDF's education docket.
In 1987, Mr. Shaw relocated to Los Angeles to establish LDF's Western Regional Office, where he litigated housing, voting rights, police misconduct, employment and other civil rights cases.
In 1990, Mr. Shaw left LDF to join the faculty of the University of Michigan School of Law, where he taught Constitutional Law, Civil Procedure and Civil Rights. While at Michigan, he played a key role in initiating a review of the law school's admissions practices and policies, and served on the faculty committee that promulgated the admissions program that was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2003 in Grutter v. Bollinger.
In 1993, Mr. Shaw returned to LDF as Associate Director-Counsel, and in 2004, he became LDF's fifth Director-Counsel. Mr. Shaw's legal career began as a Trial Attorney in the Honors Program of the United States Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division in Washington, D.C., where he worked from 1979 until 1982.
Mr. Shaw has testified on numerous occasions before Congress and state and local legislators. His human rights work has taken him to Africa, Asia, Europe, and South America. Currently, Mr. Shaw is Professor of Professional Practice in Law at Columbia University School of Law. In addition to teaching at Michigan Law School, he has taught at CUNY School of Law at Queens College and at Temple Law School. He is a visiting scholar at the Constitution Center in Philadelphia for 2008-09.