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College Observes Constitution Day with Lecture by Civil Rights Law Professor

November 8, 2016

Communications Staff

Theodore M. Shaw
Theodore M. Shaw

The college will observe Constitution Day with a lecture by Theodore M. Shaw, professor of law and director of the Center for Civil Rights at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Constitution Day commemorates the 1787 signing of the United States Constitution. Shaw will speak at 7:30 p.m. Monday, November 28, in the Oberlin Science Center’s Nancy Schrom Dye Lecture Hall, 119 Woodland Street. The talk is free and open to the public.

Shaw is the Julius L. Chambers Distinguished Professor of Law and director of the Center for Civil Rights at UNC Chapel Hill. He has an accomplished teaching career, having taught at Columbia University Law School, University of Michigan Law School, CUNY School of Law at Queens, and Temple Law School.

Shaw was the fifth director-counsel and president of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, Inc., and he served on a variety of boards, including Wesleyan University, Board of Equal Rights, Board of American Constitution Society and Board of Deacons of the Abyssinian Church in New York.

He earned a bachelor’s with honors at Wesleyan University in 1976, then went on to earn a JD at Columbia Law School in 1979. His fellowships include Aspen Fellow in Law and Social Justice, Twenty-First Century Trust Fellow in London, and a Salzburg Fellow in Austria.

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