For Immediate Release

Shari Ireton
University of Washington School of Law


NAACP Legal Defense Fund Director to Speak at UW Law School

Theodore ShawSEATTLE - The University of Washington School of Law will host a lecture by Theodore Shaw, Executive Director of The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Legal Defense Fund, Monday, January 22, 4-6 p.m., in William H. Gates Hall Room 133. 

Shaw joined LDF, the nation’s premier civil rights law firm, in 1982. Shaw was lead counsel in a coalition that represented African-American and Latino student-interveners in the University of Michigan undergraduate affirmative action admissions case. In 2003, the U.S. Supreme Court heard that case, along with one challenging the use of affirmative action at the University of Michigan Law School. The Court ruled in favor of diversity as a compelling state interest. Shaw graduated from Wesleyan University with honors and from the Columbia University School of Law, where he was a Charles Evans Hughes Fellow. Upon graduation, Shaw worked as a trial attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice from 1979 until 1982 in Washington, D.C. He litigated civil rights cases throughout the country at the trial and appellate levels, and in the U.S. Supreme Court. Shaw resigned from the Justice Department in protest of the Reagan Administration’s civil rights policies.

The National Bar Association Young Lawyers Division recently presented Shaw with the A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr. Memorial Award. He also received the Lawrence A. Wein Prize for Social Justice from Columbia University. Further, he was awarded the Baldwin Medal, the highest honor given by the Wesleyan University alumni body, for extraordinary service to the University and the public interest. He served on the Wesleyan Board of Trustees for 15 years, and was Senior Vice Chair of the Board when he retired from the board in June 2003.

This event is part of the UW School of Law Gates Public Service Law Program.  

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