James A. Shellenberger
James E. Beasley Professor of Law


Professor Shellenberger is a James E. Beasley Professor of Law. He joined the Temple Law School faculty in Fall 1983. His teaching and scholarship focus on Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure; his courses include Criminal Law I, Criminal Procedure I and II, Federal Criminal Law, International Criminal Law, and Litigation Basics. During 2011-2012 he also taught small sections of the first year Introduction to Transactional Skills course. Professor Shellenberger has taught Legal Decision Making (also called Legal Process), Torts, and Civil Procedure. In Spring 1999, he taught Comparative (US-Japan) Criminal Procedure and East-West Negotiation in the Temple Law (Tokyo) Japan program. Professor Shellenberger helps direct and regularly teaches in the Temple Law School summer program in Rome, Italy.

Professor Shellenberger has had a distinguished career in teaching and has been honored numerous times for his ongoing dedication. In April 2012, the Temple Law Alumni Association awarded him the Murray H. Shusterman Award for Excellence in Teaching. In October 2011, Temple University honored him as the law school's recipient of the University Outstanding Faculty Service Award. The Temple Law School graduating classes have awarded him the Williams Award for the Outstanding Professor of the Year four times (1986, 1995, 2004, and 2007), and he also received Temple University's Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching (1996). He serves as Co-Reporter for the Model Criminal Jury Instruction Committee of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. The Model Criminal Jury Instructions are published (and regularly updated) on the Third Circuit's web site. They also appear in book form, published by West Publishing Co.

In addition to his faculty position, Professor Shellenberger served two years as Assistant Dean for Student Affairs (1987-89), and in that position was twice recognized by the law school student body as the Administrator of the Year. Professor Shellenberger also served for three years as Director of the Temple Law School Writing Program (1991-93, 1995-96). More recently, in 2007 he created and is currently directing the law school's Academic Core Enrichment (ACE) program, an academic success, learning and study skills program for first year students.

Professor Shellenberger grew up in Bucks County, PA. He graduated from the Solebury School, in New Hope, and served four terms on Solebury's Board of Trustees. He graduated from Lafayette College in 1969 (BA, History; Honors in Studies) and Villanova University School of Law (magna cum laude) in 1972. At Villanova, he served as a Case and Comment Editor of the Law Review.

Immediately after law school, Shellenberger prosecuted criminal cases as an Assistant District Attorney in Philadelphia (1972-77), including service as Chief of the Motions Unit. He then practiced in the litigation department of the Philadelphia firm Schnader, Harrison, Segal & Lewis. Three years later, he moved to a position as Chief Staff Counsel for the Pennsylvania Supreme Court's Criminal Procedural Rules Committee. His initial teaching experience at Temple came in 1980-82 as a Legal Writing and Research Instructor, then as an adjunct professor teaching Criminal Procedure in Spring 1983, before starting as a full-time Assistant Professor of Law in Fall 1983.

Professor Shellenberger and his wife, Darlene Chan, live in Kunkletown, Pennsylvania, in the lower Pocono Mountains.  During the work week, he stays in Roxborough. He has two sons, Jackson and Nicholas, and a daughter, Courtney DelPonte, two grandchildren, Julianna and Sebastian, two step-sons, Richard and Gregory, and a step-daughter, Colleen. He and his wife also have numerous dogs and cats. 

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Education
J.D., Villanova Law School
B.A., Lafayette College

Teaching Areas
Criminal Law I, Criminal Procedure I and II, Federal Criminal Law, International Criminal Law, Litigation Basics


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