Faculty Information

  • Biography

    B.S., J.D., Arizona State University

    Joined Albany Law School in 1989. Was previously in private practice in Phoenix, Ariz., concentrating on criminal defense and personal injury litigation; was the training director for the Maricopa County Public Defenders Office; and a judge pro tem. Teaches CLE seminars and trial advocacy workshops throughout the nation. She also serves on Judge Kaye's task force on wrongful convictions and the state bar's committee on the future of indigent defense, and she is a referee for the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct.

    Professor Shanks is a frequently quoted resource for reporters around the country. 



  • The Mirror Exercise - A Quick and Easy Method to Begin Discussing Race, Gender, Ethnicity, Age and Other Differences with Your Students, The Law Teacher (Spring 2012)papers.cfm

  • Child Sexual Abuse: How to Move to a Balanced and Rational Approach to the Cases Everyone Abhors, 34 (3) American Journal of Trial Advocacy (Spring 2011)papers.cfm

  • Evaluating Children's Competency to Testify: Developing a Rational Method to Assess a Young Child's Capacity to Offer Reliable Testimony in Cases Alleging Child Sex Abuse, 58 Cleveland State Law Review 575 (2011)papers.cfm

  • Whose Story Is It, Anyway? - Guiding Students to Client-Centered Interviewing Through Storytelling 14 (no.2) Clinical Law Review 509 (2008)papers.cfm

Forthcoming Publications

Selected Achievements

  • Professor Emerita Laurie Shanks will be presenting at a three-day training session in Guam for the island's Public Defender Service Corporation. She's also scheduled to deliver a lecture in Palau during the trip in February 2016.

  • Professor Laurie Shanks participated in the event "Teaching 'Real' Family Law: A Celebration of the Scholarship and Service of Professor Margo Melli" and the 6th Annual Midwest Family Law Consortium Workshop, held at the University of Wisconsin from April 5 to 7, 2013.

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