Shawn Fields

Shawn Fields

Connor Dowling

Professor of Legal Writing

  • JD, 2007, Boston University School of Law
  • BA, 2003 Yale University

Professional Experience

Professor Fields began work as a litigation associate at Latham & Watkins in San Francisco as part of the Securities, Antitrust, and White Collar Crimes practice groups. Thereafter, he served as the Country Director for Asylum Access in Tanzania, where he managed operations and supervised representation of refugees in international and domestic asylum proceedings. Most recently, he was a lead trial attorney in securities, unfair business practices, and other complex litigation matters at the boutique law firm of Johnson & Weaver in San Diego. Professor Fields has taught graduate-level Mental Health Law at Alliant International University as well as various undergraduate seminar courses in the Political Science department at Point Loma Nazarene University. Currently, he serves as a board member for the Community Review Board on Police Practices in San Diego, and is a panel attorney for indigent criminal defendants on appeal by appointment of the Judicial Council of California. He joined the USD School of Law faculty in 2016.

Professor Fields teaches in the areas of legal research and writing. His research includes constitutional law, immigration and refugee law, tort law and theory, and criminal theory.

Honors and Affiliations

Professor Fields graduated magna cum laude from the Boston University School of Law where he was the Staff Editor of the Boston University Law Review. He was an Edward F. Hennessey Distinguished Scholar (highest honors third year), Paul J. Liacos Distinguished Scholar (highest honors second year), and G. Joseph Tauro Distinguished Scholar (highest honors first year). He was a San Diego Super Lawyers Rising Star (2014-2016) and a San Diego Transcript Top Young Attorney (2012).

Scholarly Work

“From Guantánamo to Syria: The Extraterritorial Rights of Immigrants in the Age of ?Extreme Vetting” in Cardozo Law Review (forthcoming 2018); “The Unreviewable Executive? National Security and the Limits of Plenary Power” in Tennessee Law Review (2017); “Private Crimes and Public Forgiveness: Towards a Refined Restorative Justice Amnesty Regime ” in 5 International Journal of Civil Social Law 2 (2007); “The U.S. Response to Human Trafficking: An Unbalanced Approach” in Women?s Commission for Refugee Women and Children (2007); and “Constitutional Comparativism and the Eighth Amendment: How a Flawed Proportionality Requirement Can Benefit From Foreign Law” in 86 Boston University Law Review 963 (2006).