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. 



Where Has Their Innocence Gone? Addressing Child Sex Tourism, Law Enforcement Executive Forum (2014)


Sex Trafficking Laws in East Tennessee, DICTA (A Monthly Publication of the Knoxville Bar Association) (2014)


Porn and Commercial Sexual Exploitation, Western Journal of Criminal Justice (2013)



How the Internet is Used to Facilitate the Trafficking of Humans as Sex Slaves, Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board Law Enforcement Executive Forum (2012)


The Strong Arm of the Law is Weak: How the TVPA is Failing Victims of The Sex Trafficking Trade, Athens Institute for Education and Research 8th Annual International Conference on Law (2011)
Addressing the Issue of Demand in the Global Sex Trade, 11th International Conference on Diversity in Organizations, Communities & Nations (2011)
International Human Rights: Global Sex Trafficking, Stellar International Networks Conference (2011)
Childhood Obesity (The Marketing of Fast Food to the Poor and People of Color), Northeastern University Law School Law Journal Symposium (2011)