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Helene S. Shapo, American law educator. Bar: Virginia 1976, United States District Court (western district) Virginia 1977, Illinois 1993. Recipient award, section on legal writing, Association American Law Schools, 2002, award for distinguished achievement, Association Legal Writing Directors, 2005.


Shapo, Helene S. was born on June 5, 1938 in New York City. Daughter of Benjamin Martin and Gertrude (Kahaner) Seidner.


Bachelor, Smith College, 1959;Master of Arts in Teaching, Harvard University, 1960;Juris Doctor, University of Virginia, 1976.


Teacher Dade County, Miami, Florida, 1960-1964. Associate Robert Musselman & Associates, Charlottesville, Virginia, 1976-1977. Law clerk to presiding justice United States District Court Virginia, 1977-1978.

Assistant professor law Northwestern University, Chicago, 1978-1981, associate professor law, 1981-1983, professor law, since 1983, Perkins-Bauer professor, 1987. Instructor Sweet Briar College, Virginia, 1976-1977, University Virginia, Charlottesville, 1976-1978. Visiting fellow Wolfson College, Cambridge University, 2001, visiting scholar, 1992.

Member committee law school admissions county/testing and development, since 1983. Consultant in field.


  • Bar: Virginia 1976, United States District Court (western district) Virginia 1977, Illinois 1993.



Member American Bar Association, Virginia Bar Association, Association of America Law Schools (section chairperson since 1985), Women's Bar Association Chicago.


Married Marshall S. Shapo, June 21, 1959. Children: Benjamin Mitchell, Nathaniel Saul.

Benjamin Martin Seidner

Gertrude (Kahaner) Seidner

Marshall S. Shapo

Benjamin Mitchell Shapo

Nathaniel Saul Shapo