Shelly is a licensed attorney since 1993 and a law professor for more than 11 years. She worked for seven years at St. Mary’s School of Law in San Antonio, Texas and now heads up the Criminal Law Department at the Duncan School of Law. She has been in Knoxville since 2010. Prior to teaching, she served as a criminal prosecutor in Austin, Texas and a staff attorney for a state agency (State Board for Educator Certification) also in Austin,. As an attorney, Shelly specializes in Criminal Law, Human Rights, Education Law, Domestic Violence Law and Civil Rights. She has taught International Human Rights: Global Sex Trafficking in Innsbruck, Austria for two semesters and currently researches in the area of Sex Trafficking. Shelly George speaks internationally at conferences on the topic of sex trafficking. She has spoken in Austria, England, China, Turkey, Czech Republic, Africa and Greece. She was also asked to Chair a Session at the 2012 International Conference on Law & Society. This conference was Co-Sponsored by the Canadian Law and Society Association, the Japanese Association of Sociology of Law and the Socio-Legal Studies Association of the United Kingdom and was held in Honolulu, Hawaii, 2012. Shelly has also been an invited speaker (twice, 2014 and 2015) at the East Tennessee Women's Leadership Summit held annually in Knoxville. A conservative estimate tells us that there are 27 million people globally in enslavement. That is double the number of people stolen from the continent of Africa during the trans-Atlantic slave trade. Shelly’s passion lie in one day seeing modern-day slavery eradicated, one day seeing those people freed. She wants the world to know that slavery still exists and it is in our backyard. It affects all of us and until we work diligently to end it, it will continue to flourish.