David L. Shapiro

William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law, Emeritus


David Shapiro is the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law (Emeritus) at Harvard Law School. He earned his B.A. from Harvard College, magna cum laude, in 1954, and his LL.B. from Harvard Law School, summa cum laude, in 1957. After working as an associate at the law firm of Covington & Burling, he clerked for Supreme Court Justice John M. Harlan prior to joining the Harvard Law School faculty in 1963. He served as Deputy Solicitor General in the U.S. Department of Justice from 1988-1991. He is the author of several books, including Federalism: A Dialogue (Northwestern Univ. Press, 1995) , and Civil Procedure: Preclusion in Civil Actions (Foundation Press, 2001), a co-author of Hart and Wechsler’s The Federal Courts and the Federal System, the most recent (sixth) edition of which was published by Foundation Press in 2009, and the author of several dozen articles on a range of subjects including federal jurisdiction, civil procedure, and legislation. His service on a number of projects for the American Law Institute includes work as a Reporter and Adviser for the Restatement, Second, of Judgments.

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