Steven F Shatz

Professor Emeritus

Faculty Emeritus

(415) 422-6745

Biography

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.

Education
AB, UC Berkeley
JD, Harvard University
Experience
Directing Attorney, Farm Worker Division, Evergreen Legal Services
Partner, Rader & Shatz
Fellow Reginald Heber Smith Community Lawyer Program
Expertise
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

Books
California Criminal Law: Cases and Problems ( Carolina Academic Press , Fourth Edition , 2016) (Co-authored with Amy Flynn and Scott Howe)
Lawyer Negotiation: Theory, Practice and Law ( Aspen Publishers , 3rd Edition , Forthcoming) (Co-authored with Professor Dwight Golann. This is one of three dispute resolution textbooks. All three are used at law schools throughout the United States and each is accompanied by extensive new Teachers’ Manuals. ) Read more
Mediation: The Roles of Advocate and Neutral ( Aspen Publishers , 3rd Edition , Forthcoming) (Co-authored with Professor Dwight Golann. This is one of three dispute resolution textbooks. All three are used at law schools throughout the United States and each is accompanied by extensive new Teachers’ Manuals. ) Read more
Resolving Disputes: Theory, Practice and Law ( Aspen Publishers , 3rd Edition , Forthcoming) (Co-Authors: Professor Dwight Golann, Professor Lisa A. Kloppenberg, and Thomas J. Stipanowich. This is one of three dispute resolution textbooks. All three are used at law schools throughout the United States and each is accompanied by extensive new Teachers’ Manuals.) Read more
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 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
Media
"Convicted Killers Of Women In L.A. County More Likely To Get Death Penalty", Los Angeles Daily News, 06/27/2015
"DA to Weigh Death Penalty in Baby Murder Case", San Jose Mercury News  , 02/07/2015