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For more than a decade, Shauna Curphey has defended the rights of individuals in and out of court. She is admitted to practice in the courts of Florida, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oregon, Texas and Virginia as well as the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit, the United States District Courts for the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida, the Northern District of Texas and the District of Oregon.

Among many other endeavors, Shauna spent a year teaching and writing for EarthRights International in Thailand, served as a federal judicial clerk in the District of Oregon, defended the Fourth Amendment as research attorney for the Federal Public Defender for Oregon, pushed for police reform as a staff attorney for the NW Constitutional Rights Center, wrote for Women's Enews, MSN and Real Change, and worked for the ACLU of Louisiana.

Shauna studied community development at the Evergreen State College, mass communication and social change at the University of Washington, and studied law as a Public Interest Scholar at Loyola Law School. She holds a Master's Degree in Communication from the University of Washington, where she taught freshmen while writing her thesis. Shauna graduated from law school second in her class, summa cum laude and Order of the Coif, served as an editor of the Loyola Law Review, and received the Alumni Association Award for public service.

She is active in the legal community, including membership in the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association, the National Lawyers Guild, and the Civil Rights, Labor and Employment and Appellate Law sections of the Oregon State Bar.