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Molly Bishop Shadel

Professor
Senior Fellow
Core Planning Faculty Member
Unit: School of Law
Department: School of Law
Office location and address
WB353
580 Massie Rd
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Education
J.D. Columbia University School of Law 1997
A.B. Harvard University 1991
Biography

Molly Bishop Shadel graduated magna cum laude in 1991 from Harvard University with an A.B. in English and American literature and language. She earned her law degree from Columbia University in 1997, where she served as a note editor for the Columbia Law Review and was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. After graduation, Shadel clerked for Judge Eugene H. Nickerson of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. She then spent four years as a litigation associate with the firm Covington & Burling. In 2002, Shadel joined the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Intelligence Policy and Review, where she represented the United States on terrorism-related matters before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. She taught oral advocacy classes at Virginia for a year as a lecturer before joining the faculty in 2005. She also served as the Law School's director of public service from 2005-07.

Shadel is the author of two books: Finding Your Voice in Law School: Mastering Classroom Cold Calls, Job Interviews, and Other Verbal Challenges (Carolina Academic Press, 2013) and Tongue-Tied America: Reviving the Art of Verbal Persuasion (with Robert N. Sayler, Wolters Kluwer Law & Businesss, 2011, 2d ed. 2014, www.tonguetiedamerica.com). She recently began an empirical study of law school teaching practices and how those methods affect student experiences and outcomes. She is also a core planning faculty member of the University's Leadership in Academic Matters program, a biannual, semester-long leadership course for University of Virginia professors and administrators. Shadel also is an instructor in the Great Courses "Law School for Everyone" series published in 2017. Prior to attending law school, Shadel studied theater at Northwestern University‚Äôs graduate directing program and directed plays professionally in New York.

LAW 7144: Negotiation
Credits: 3
The goal of this class is to introduce students to negotiation theory, with a focus on the collaborative negotiation method used by most successful negotiators today.
LAW 7626: Oral Presentations Outside the Courtroom (SC)
Credits: 1–2
This short course is designed to help students improve their ability to communicate persuasively in the wide variety of settings in which non-litigators are called upon to speak including client meetings, business negotiations, and presentations to public agencies. Mutually Exclusive with LAW 9053, 9055, and 9185. Enrollment not allowed in LAW 7626, 9053, 9055, or 9185 if any taken previously.
LAW 7692: Persuasion (SC)
Credits: 1
This short course offers a quick but intensive training course in effective verbal communications.
LAW 9006: Advanced Verbal Persuasion
Credits: 3
This course develops advanced oral advocacy skills, including effective performance techniques, writing for speaking, and the ability to handle difficult speaking situations.
LAW 9053: Hallmarks of Distinguished Advocacy
Credits: 3
This course treats oral advocacy as an effort to persuade any audience of the merits of a cause or proposal and of the credibility of the proponent. The first seven weeks treat advocacy in settings outside the courtroom. The last half deals with advocacy in the most common trial settings: direct and cross-examination, opening statements, closing arguments and appellate advocacy. Mutually Exclusive with LAW 7626, 9055, and 9185.
LAW 9185: Oral Presentations Outside The Courtroom
Credits: 3
This seminar is designed to help students improve their ability to communicate persuasively in the wide variety of settings in which non-litigators are called upon to speak including client meetings, business negotiations, and presentations to public agencies. Mutually Exclusive with LAW 7626, 9053, and 9055. Enrollment not allowed in LAW 7626, 9053, 9055, or 9185 if any taken previously.