Shawn Fields writes and teaches in the areas of Immigration Law, Criminal Procedure, and Criminal Justice. He has written extensively about structural failings in the criminal justice system for women and people of color, the need for new legal mechanisms to address and redress sexual assault, and the Fourth Amendment’s malleability in an era of increased gun and drug deregulation. Professor Fields’s immigration scholarship focuses on federal executive authority to regulate immigration, subfederal responses to federal enforcement efforts, and challenges to the international refugee law paradigm. He has authored a dozen articles, presented his research at universities throughout the United States and the African continent, and has been quoted by Reuters and local publications. His scholarship is highly cited and has appeared in law reviews such as the Washington Law Review, Wisconsin Law Review, Arizona State Law Journal, Utah Law Review, Tulane Law Review, and Cardozo Law Review.
In addition to Immigration Law and Criminal Procedure, Professor Fields teaches in Campbell Law School’s internationally recognized Trial Advocacy department, and he recently taught International Human Rights Law and Comparative Law as part of Campbell’s inaugural study abroad program in Ghana. Prior to coming to Campbell, Professor Fields taught Legal Writing & Research at the University of San Diego School of Law, served on the Community Review Board on Police Practices in San Diego, appeared by appointment of the California Supreme Court as a criminal appellate specialist on behalf of indigent defendants, and served as the Country Director for an international refugee rights NGO in Tanzania. Professor Fields began his career at Latham & Watkins in San Francisco, where he practiced in the white collar crimes and securities litigation departments.