Shawn E. Fields

Assistant Professor of Law
Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law
Office Location:
Raleigh Campus
Room 437
Mailing Address:
25 Hillsborough Street
Raleigh, NC 27603


Professor Fields teaches Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Immigration Law, Asylum and Refugee Law, and Trial Advocacy. In addition, Professor Fields recently taught International Human Rights Law and Comparative Law during Campbell Law School’s inaugural study abroad program in Ghana. He serves as the faculty advisor for Campbell’s Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project and Law Students Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, two organizations with which he is deeply involved.

Professor Fields’s legal scholarship explores judicial deference to executive discretion in criminal procedure and immigration law, and the role of this deference in promoting structural discrimination against marginalized communities. His published and forthcoming works have addressed a wide range of issues, the Fourth Amendment’s evolving reasonable suspicion standard, racially motivated 911 abuse, sexual assault restraining order statutes, immigration plenary power, asylum law as protection order, structural sexism in school dress codes, concealed carry firearm law and policy, and Second Amendment sanctuaries. His articles have appeared in the Northwestern University Law Review, Washington Law Review, Wisconsin Law Review, Arizona State Law Journal, Cardozo Law Review, and many other top journals. His forthcoming book, WEAPONIZED RACIAL FEAR: ENFORCING BLACK AND WHITE SPACES IN AMERICAN PUBLIC LIFE, will be published with Cambridge University Press in 2021.

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.

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