Joan M. Shaughnessy Roger D. Groot Professor of Law, Emerita

Phone: 540-458-8512


Office: 489 Lewis Hall 

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Area of Expertise

Civil Procedure, Complex Litigation, Jurisprudence


BA, 1975, State University of New York

JD, 1978, University of Chicago


Professor Joan M. Shaughnessy joined Washington and Lee in 1983. She is the Roger D. Groot Professor of Law, and was the recipient of the John W. Elrod Law Alumni Association Fellow in Teaching Excellence, 2003-04. Her teaching and research focus on civil procedure, complex litigation, evidence, federal courts, and jurisprudence. 
She is admitted to practice in New York and Virginia.

Recent Publications

The Other Side of the Rabbit Hole: Reconciling Recent Supreme Court Personal Jurisdiction Jurisprudence with Jurisdiction to Terminate Parental Rights (Joan M Shaughnessy) Lewis & Clark Law Review (2015)

An Essay on Poverty and Child Neglect: New Interventions (Joan M. Shaughnessy) Washington and Lee Journal of Civil Rights and Social Justice (2014)

- See Prof. Shaughnessy's full list of publications at her Scholarly Commons page.