Professor Emeritus Steven F. Shatz taught at USF from 1972 until his retirement in 2015. During that time, he was also a lecturer at UC Berkeley’s Boalt Hall, a visiting professor at Hastings College of Law, and a visiting professor the East China Institute of Politics and Law, in Shanghai, China. Shatz created, and for 12 years directed, USF’s Keta Taylor Colby Death Penalty Project, whose goal is to involve law students in the interim reform, and ultimate abolition, of the death penalty in the United States. Each summer, the project trains law students in death penalty law and practice and sends them to the South to work as interns with capital defense attorneys. Shatz is the co-author of casebooks on Criminal Law and Death Penalty Law, both now in their fourth editions, and he has written book chapters on the death penalty and numerous journal articles. He has also testified in court as an expert witness in three capital cases and consulted in many others.

AB, UC Berkeley
JD, Harvard University
Directing Attorney, Farm Worker Division, Evergreen Legal Services
Partner, Rader & Shatz
Fellow Reginald Heber Smith Community Lawyer Program
Criminal Law
Criminal Procedure
Death Penalty Law
Awards & Distinctions

Sarlo Prize for Excellence in Teaching, University of San Francisco, 2009

Leo T. McCarthy Center Public Service and the Common Good Human Rights Research Fellowship, 2004

California Criminal Law: Cases and Problems (Carolina Academic Press, Fourth Edition, 2016) (Co-authored with Amy Flynn and Scott Howe)
Cases and Materials on the Death Penalty (West Academic Publishing, 4th Edition, 2016) (Co-authored with Nina Rivkind, Sam Kamin, and Justin Marceau)
Law Review and Journal Articles
“The American Death Penalty: Past, Present, and Future,” 53 Tulsa Law Review 349 (2018). (Book Review: Executing Freedom: The Cultural Life of Capital Punishment in the United States (Daniel Lachance) and Courting Death: The Supreme Court and Capital Punishment (Carol S. Steiker & Jordan M. Steiker)) Read here
“The Meaning of 'Meaningful Appellate Review' in Capital Cases: Lessons from California,” 56 Santa Clara Law Review (2016). SSRN
“Challenging the Death Penalty with Statistics: Furman, McCleskey, and a Single County Case Study,” 34 Cardozo Law Review 1227 (2013). (Co-authored with Terry Dalton.) SSRN
“Chivalry is not Dead: Murder, Gender, and the Death Penalty,” 27 Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law, and Justice 64 (2012). (Co-authored with Naomi Shatz.) SSRN