Sullivan Hall 451
(206) 398-4043


B.A., Wesleyan University, 1977
J.D., magna cum laude, University of Pennsylvania School of Law, 1982; University of Pennsylvania Law Review associate editor; Order of the Coif
Clerk to Joseph S. Lord III, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania.


Civil Procedure
Family Law


  • Family Law  (FAML-300-A)

        Julie Shapiro

        Professor of Law

        Curriculum VitaePDF


        Professor Shapiro joined the faculty in 1991, teaching Civil Procedure, Family Law, and Law and Sexuality. Her scholarship, focusing on lesbian and gay family law issues, has been published in a variety of law reviews and presented at several symposia. She has been invited to speak about legal implications of assisted reproductive technology, the role of judicial review in controversial cases, and the history of the legal treatment of non-traditional families. Professor Shapiro also writes Related Matters (julieshapiro.wordpress.com), a blog that provides a forum for intelligent and sustained discussion of how the law is adapting – or not – to the increasingly complex ways in which families are structured today.

        Applying her scholarship to practice, Professor Shapiro has assisted the Northwest Women's Law Center in numerous lesbian and gay family law cases, including In re L.B., which established the rights of de facto parents in the state of Washington, and Andersen v. King County, the case challenging Washington's Defense of Marriage Act. For her efforts, she was co-recipient in 2006 of the first Queer of the Year Award, given by Outlaws, Seattle University Law School's LGBTQ student organization.

        Professor Shapiro began her legal career clerking for Judge Joseph S. Lord, III in United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. After her clerkship, she entered a small practice where she specialized in police misconduct. In 1984 she was co-founder of Maguigan, Shapiro, Engle and Tiryak, a small civil rights law firm. In addition to police misconduct, Shapiro and her partners pioneered the use of the federal RICO statute to protect abortion clinics. In 1987 Shapiro opened her own solo practice, continuing to specialize in police misconduct and also litigating AIDS discrimination cases in cooperation with the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania. Her public service was recognized by the AIDS Law Project and Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund in 1991.


        Book Chapters

        Changing Ways: New Technologies and the Devaluation of the Genetic Connection to Children, in FAMILY LAW AND FAMILY VALUES (Maclean, ed) (Hart 2005).


        Reflections on Complicity, 8 N.Y.C.L.Rev. 1901 (2005).

        A Lesbian Centered Critique of “Genetic Parenthood”, 9 Journal of Race, Gender and Justice 591 (2005).

        Check Only One: M/F/Other, 11 Cardozo Women’s Law Journal 587 (2005).

        DeFacto Parents and the Unfulfilled Promise of the New ALI Principles, 35 Willamette L. Rev. 769 (1999).

        A Lesbian-centered Critique of Second-parent Adoptions, 14 Berkeley Women's L.J. 17 (1999).

        Custody and Conduct: How the Law Fails Lesbian and Gay Parents and Their Children, 71 Ind. L.J. 623 (1996).

        Snake Pits and Unseen Actors: Constitutional Liability for Indirect Harm, 62 U. Cin. L. Rev. 883 (1994).

        Sources of Security, 15 U. Puget Sound L. Rev. 843 (1992).

        Remedies for Private Intelligence Abuses: Legal and Ideological Barriers, 10 N.Y.U. Rev. L. & Soc. Change 233 (1981).

        Recent Activity

        Can clerks refuse to issue same-sex marriage licenses?

        August 10, 2015
        Do county clerks have the right to refuse marriage licenses to same-sex couples? Professor Julie Shapiro comments. (Skip ahead to 11:32.)

        Putting a Price on a Human Egg

        July 27, 2015
        Do price limits on human eggs constitute an antitrust violation? Professor Julie Shapiro offers her thoughts.

        Julie Shapiro addresses sexual orientation discrimination laws

        July 16, 2015
        In an interview with KIRO Radio's Dave Ross, Professor Julie Shapiro explains the next legal steps in dealing with discrimination based on sexual orientation. (The story begins at 21:36.)

        'Welcome to the other side of the rainbow'

        June 26, 2015
        Professor Julie Shapiro offers reaction to the U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage.

        Marriage equality could lead to other legal challenges, says Julie Shapiro

        June 16, 2015
        On the air with radio news host Dave Ross, Professor Julie Shapiro says issues of "conscience clauses" for judges and parental status could follow SCOTUS ruling on marriage equality.