Professor of Law
Professor Shapiro joined the faculty in 1991, teaching Civil Procedure, Family Law, and Law and Sexuality. Her scholarship, focusing on lesbian and gay family law issues, has been published in a variety of law reviews and presented at several symposia. She has been invited to speak about legal implications of assisted reproductive technology, the role of judicial review in controversial cases, and the history of the legal treatment of non-traditional families. Professor Shapiro also writes Related Matters (julieshapiro.wordpress.com), a blog that provides a forum for intelligent and sustained discussion of how the law is adapting – or not – to the increasingly complex ways in which families are structured today.
Applying her scholarship to practice, Professor Shapiro has assisted the Northwest Women's Law Center in numerous lesbian and gay family law cases, including In re L.B., which established the rights of de facto parents in the state of Washington, and Andersen v. King County, the case challenging Washington's Defense of Marriage Act. For her efforts, she was co-recipient in 2006 of the first Queer of the Year Award, given by Outlaws, Seattle University Law School's LGBTQ student organization.
Professor Shapiro began her legal career clerking for Judge Joseph S. Lord, III in United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. After her clerkship, she entered a small practice where she specialized in police misconduct. In 1984 she was co-founder of Maguigan, Shapiro, Engle and Tiryak, a small civil rights law firm. In addition to police misconduct, Shapiro and her partners pioneered the use of the federal RICO statute to protect abortion clinics. In 1987 Shapiro opened her own solo practice, continuing to specialize in police misconduct and also litigating AIDS discrimination cases in cooperation with the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania. Her public service was recognized by the AIDS Law Project and Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund in 1991.
Changing Ways: New Technologies and the Devaluation of the Genetic Connection to Children, in FAMILY LAW AND FAMILY VALUES (Maclean, ed) (Hart 2005).
Reflections on Complicity, 8 N.Y.C.L.Rev. 1901 (2005).
A Lesbian Centered Critique of “Genetic Parenthood”, 9 Journal of Race, Gender and Justice 591 (2005).
Check Only One: M/F/Other, 11 Cardozo Women’s Law Journal 587 (2005).
DeFacto Parents and the Unfulfilled Promise of the New ALI Principles, 35 Willamette L. Rev. 769 (1999).
A Lesbian-centered Critique of Second-parent Adoptions, 14 Berkeley Women's L.J. 17 (1999).
Custody and Conduct: How the Law Fails Lesbian and Gay Parents and Their Children, 71 Ind. L.J. 623 (1996).
Snake Pits and Unseen Actors: Constitutional Liability for Indirect Harm, 62 U. Cin. L. Rev. 883 (1994).
Sources of Security, 15 U. Puget Sound L. Rev. 843 (1992).
Remedies for Private Intelligence Abuses: Legal and Ideological Barriers, 10 N.Y.U. Rev. L. & Soc. Change 233 (1981).
Seattle University School of Law
Phone: (206) 398-4043
- B.A., Wesleyan University, 1977
- J.D., magna cum laude, University of Pennsylvania School of Law, 1982; University of Pennsylvania Law Review associate editor; Order of the Coif
- Clerk to Joseph S. Lord III, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
- Civil Procedure
- Family Law
- Advanced Family Law
- Law and Sexuality