Elizabeth Shaver is an Assistant Professor of Legal Writing at The University of
Akron School of Law. In addition to teaching legal writing to first-year law students,
Professor Shaver also teaches an upper level litigation drafting course and a course in
Special Education Law. Before joining Akron Law in 2009, Professor Shaver worked as a
senior attorney with Genesis Professional Liability Managers, a Berkshire-Hathaway
Company. At Genesis, Professor Shaver performed a variety of claims handling and
underwriting functions with regard to the directors' and officers' liability
insurance policies issued by Genesis to publicly traded companies. Before joining
Genesis, Professor Shaver spent five years in the general litigation department of Jones
Day. Professor Shaver also served for two years as a judicial clerk to the Honorable
Alexander Harvey II of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland.
Professor Shaver received her B.A., magna cum laude, from Vanderbilt University and J.D.,
cum laude, from Cornell Law School, where she was a member of the Cornell Law Review. She
has a published note in the Cornell Law Review entitled "Do Not Resuscitate: The
Failure to Protect the Incompetent Patient's Right of Self-Determination."
Professor Shaver is a member of the Board of Directors for the Ardmore Foundation, an
Akron, Ohio nonprofit organization that is dedicated to improving the quality of life of
adults and children with developmental delays and other disabilities. 

Legal Research and Writing


Training the Superstar Associate: Teaching Workplace Professionalism in Legal Writing Courses, Perspectives: Teaching Legal Research & Writing (2014)

This article details efforts to increase the professional workplace skills of law students by teaching...



The Joy of Collaboration: Reflections on Teaching with Others (with Sarah Morath and Richard Strong), The Law Teacher (2013)

Three legal writing professors who have worked collaboratively for several years describe why their experience...



LRW's The Real World: Using Real Cases to Teach Persuasive Writing, Nova Law Review (2013)

Today’s law students approach their legal education with a clear focus on acquiring the skills...



Motions in Motion: Teaching Advanced Legal Writing Through Collaboration (with Sarah Morath and Richard Strong), Perspectives: Teaching Legal Research and Writing (2013)

Legal education is at a crossroads. Practitioners, academics, and students agree that more experiential learning...


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Every Day Counts: Proposals to Reform the IDEA's Due Process Structure, Case Western Reserve L. Rev. (2015)

It is a core principle of special education legislation that the parents of children with...



Should States Ban the Use of Non-positive Interventions in Special Education? Re-examining Positive Behavior Supports Under the IDEA, Stetson L. Rev. (2014)

In the 1980s and 1990s, behavior analysts vigorously debated ethical concerns about the use of...