Aerial photograph of the Immaculate Conception Chapel

Lori Shaw '87

Dean of Students and Professor of Lawyering Skills
University of Dayton School of Law

A member of the Legal Profession faculty at the School of Law since 1988, Lori Shaw was appointed dean of students in 2003. She listens to, works with and counsels students concerning personal and academic issues; serves on the UDSL management team; and acts as a liaison between students, faculty and members of the administration. She also helps develop and enforce student policies; serves as an advocate for student needs and represents the student body on law school and university committees; oversees and provides leadership for various student programs and organizations; and organizes special events. "Law students sometimes need a friendly ear, to share problems or good news," she said. "I provide a place for them to turn."

She is also the faculty coordinator for the Honorable James J. Gilvary Symposium on Law, Religion and Social Justice. Dean Shaw writes a bimonthly column on legal ethics in the American Bar Association Student Lawyer and previously co-wrote a regular column for the Columbus Bar Journal. She is a recipient of the TWEN Award for Innovation in Teaching from West Group and in 2006 received her second national award from the American Society of Business Publication editors.

Despite her many roles in and outside the School of Law, Dean Shaw said her favorite job is still teaching and working with her students. "Teaching's not just standing in front of a large classroom," she said. "I enjoy the one-on-one contact. Seeing my students grow and teaching them something they'll use for the rest of their lives is a joy."

Dean Shaw says a career in law appealed to both sides of her brain. "I love science and math, and I also like English, history, and communicating with people," she said. "In law I can express both sides of my personality." While a law student, she clerked for the Honorable Judson Shattuck of the Greene County Domestic Relations Court. After graduating summa cum laude from Dayton Law, where she was the casenote editor for the Law Review, Dean Shaw served as a law clerk for the Honorable Walter H. Rice, U.S. District Court Judge for the Southern District of Ohio, Western Division.

Having received both of her degrees from the University of Dayton, Dean Shaw found the decision to return to campus to teach an easy one. "I appreciate the sense of community," she said. "In my experience the UD family is not just a motto. It's a real thing." Besides, she noted, "how many employers have their own basketball team?"