Title: My Perspective on the Intersection of Law & Justice
Summary: In this presentation, Jena 6 Member Theo Shaw will confront the following themes: poverty and law; justice and courts; race and sentencing and mass incarceration.
Theodore “Theo” Shaw is a law clerk for Chief Justice Bernette J. Johnson of the Louisiana Supreme Court, the Court’s first African-American and second female Chief Justice. Theo received his law degree from the University of Washington School of Law in Seattle, Washington, where he was a Gates Public Service Law Scholar, member of the Moot Court Honor Board, and, upon graduation, was presented with the Order of the Barristers honor. Before law school, Theo worked for three years as a community advocate for the Southern Poverty Law Center’s New Orleans office, where he worked with a team of attorneys and advocates challenging inhumane and violent conditions of confinement in jails and prisons across Louisiana and Mississippi. Theo received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Louisiana Monroe, in Monroe, Louisiana. During college, he interned with the Innocence Project New Orleans, a national non-profit law office that represents innocent people serving life sentences in Louisiana and Mississippi. As a teenager, in the case of the “Jena Six,” Theo was wrongfully arrested and spent nearly 8 months in jail awaiting trial. In August 2019, he will be attending Georgetown Law Center in Washington, D.C. as a Prettyman Fellow with the Criminal Defense & Prisoner Advocacy Clinic. Theo wants to be a criminal defense trial attorney.