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 writes and teaches about criminal law, criminal procedure, police practices, racial justice, and immigration law. He is the 2019 recipient of the Charles and Catherine Thomas Faculty Scholarship Award, Campbell Law School’s highest award for scholarly impact and productivity. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Fields serves as an advisor to the American Bar Association’s Legal Education Police Practices Consortium.

Fields’s scholarship has appeared in The University of Chicago Law Review, Northwestern University Law Review, UC Davis Law Review, Wisconsin Law Review, Washington Law Review, and other top journals. He has been cited by multiple state and federal courts, including two state supreme courts. His forthcoming book, NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH: POLICING WHITE SPACES IN AMERICA, will be published by Cambridge University Press in June 2022.

In the early part of his career, Fields was associated with the San Francisco office of Latham & Watkins LLP, where he practiced white collar criminal law. He then moved to Tanzania, where he held dual appointments as a Senior Legal Officer for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the Country Director for Asylum Access, a refugee rights legal aid NGO. Upon his return to the United States, Fields practiced civil litigation and served as a California criminal appellate specialist representing clients raising constitutional challenges to police and prosecutorial misconduct. He also served on the San Diego Community Review Board on Police Practices and taught Legal Writing at the University of San Diego School of Law.

Fields holds a J.D., magna cum laude, from Boston University School of Law, where he served as an Articles Editor for the Boston University Law Review. He graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Political Science from Yale University.

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