Colleen F. Shanahan teaches Justice Lab, a law clinic at the Sheller Center for Social Justice. Her research focuses on empirical studies of civil courts, access to justice, and the intersection of civil and criminal law. She also writes about topics in clinical legal education. Professor Shanahan was named a Bellow Scholar for her empirical access to justice scholarship.

Before joining the Temple faculty, Professor Shanahan was a Visiting Associate Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center, where she directed the Community Justice Project, a clinic that focused on both poverty law litigation and systemic advocacy projects. Professor Shanahan was also previously a Lecturer in Law at Columbia University School of Law.

Before entering academia, Professor Shanahan was a civil and criminal litigator in private practice with Williams & Connolly in Washington, DC and Hangley Aronchick Segal & Pudlin in Philadelphia. She received her AB in politics with honors from Princeton University, her J.D. from Columbia University School of Law, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone scholar, and her LL.M. with distinction from Georgetown University Law Center.  Following graduation from law school, she clerked for Judge Michael Baylson for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and Judge Jane Roth for the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.



LL.M. with distinction, Georgetown University Law Center, 2012
J.D. (Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, Jane Marks Murphy Prize for Excellence in Clinical Studies, Center for Public Interest Law’s Lance Liebman Award), Columbia University School of Law, 2003
A.B., cum laude (Princeton in Asia Teaching Fellowship, Woodrow Wilson School Fellowship for Senior Thesis Research, Walter Hope ‘01 Memorial Prize for Public Speaking), Princeton University, 1998

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  • Outstanding Project Award (2017) awarded for Justice Lab's juvenile incarceration costs work.