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.