Professor of Law, General Faculty
Leadership in Academic Matters, Core Faculty Member
Senior Fellow, Center for National Security Law
J.D., Columbia University School of Law, 1997
A.B., Harvard University, 1991
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 has recently begun an empirical study of law school teaching practices and how those methods affect student experiences and outcomes. She is also a planning faculty member of the Leadership in Academic Matters program, a biannual, semester-long leadership course for University of Virginia professors and administrators.
Prior to attending law school, Shadel studied theater at Northwestern University’s graduate directing program and directed plays professionally in New York.
Finding Your Voice in Law School: Mastering Classroom Cold Calls, Job Interviews, and Other Verbal Challenges (Carolina Academic Press, 2013).
Tongue-Tied America: Reviving the Art of Verbal Persuasion (with Robert N. Sayler) (Wolters Kluwer Law & Business, 2011; 2d ed. 2014).
“The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act,” in John Norton Moore, Guy B. Roberts, Robert F. Turner, eds., National Security Law & Policy 1201 (Carolina Academic Press, 3d. ed. 2015).
"When Privilege Fails: Interstate Litigation and the Erosion of Privilege Law" (with Graham C. Lilly), 66 Ark. L. Rev. 613 (2013).
- "Should Colleges Really Eliminate the College Lecture?" (The Atlantic, 07/14/2016)
- "UVA Law Students Master the Art of the Deal" (Newsplex, 03/24/2016)
- "McConnell vs. Paul on the Patriot Act and Telephone Records: What the Government Accesses" (PolitiFact, 06/02/2015)
- "Fact-checking John Oliver's Interview with Edward Snowden About NSA Surveillance" (PoltiFact, 04/09/2015)
- "Own the Podium" (CBA National Magazine, 06/01/2014)
- "The Virginia Lawyers Weekly High Five: 5 Tips for Speaking Up" (Virginia Lawyers Weekly, 10/04/2013)
- "Martin Luther King, a Speaker with No Clear Heir" (EEUU/FOX News Latino, 08/20/2013)
- "Are Americans Being 'Targeted' for Surveillance?" (PolitiFact, 07/02/2013)
- "Barack Obama Says The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court 'Is Transparent'" (PolitiFact, 06/17/2013)
- "Rep. Mike Rogers Says 'It's Expressly Prohibited by Law' for the Government to Read Domestic Email Traffic" (PolitiFact, 06/13/2013)
- "Why Public Speaking Still Matters in the Age of Facebook" (The Daily Progress, 05/19/2013)
- "Virginia Festival of the Book Events Begin With Wisdom for Young Adults" (The Daily Progress, 03/21/2013)
- "5 Ways to Perform Under Pressure" (CNN, 12/27/2012)
- UVA Law Prof Grades Candidates' 'Rhetoric'" (Virginia Lawyers Weekly, 10/09/2012)
- "UVA Experts Break Down the Presidential Debate" (NBC 29, 10/04/2012)
- "Think Fast! 5 Ways to Perform Under Pressure" (O Magazine, 08/01/2012)
- "How to Make an Apology: A Lesson From Aristotle to Mitt Romney" (Co-Author) (The Daily Progress, 05/20/2012)
- "Make Jobs More Family Friendly" (Author) (The National Law Journal, 01/23/2012)
- "Mother In Law: Juggling a Legal Career and a Personal Life" (Workstew, 11/20/2011)
- "Tongue-Tied America" (With Good Reason, 05/21/2011)
- "UVA Law Professors Explain the Art of Public Speaking" (The Washington Post, 03/22/2011)
- "UVa Law Profs Try to Revive Art of Speaking" (The Daily Progress, 03/12/2011)