Helene S. Shapo

Professor of Law Emerita


Helene Shapo writes in the fields of legal writing, trusts and estates and family law. Her current research interests focus on marital property law and reproductive technologies. In 1992 and 2001 she was a visiting fellow at Wolfson College, Cambridge University.

Areas of Expertise

  • Legal Writing
  • Estates and Trusts
  • Property Law
  • Family Law

Selected Publications

  • Family Law: Cases, Materials and Problems (LexisNexis 2011) (with Peter N. Swisher and H. Anthony Miller).
  • Writing For Law Practice, 2nd edition (Foundation Press 2010) (with Elizabeth Fajans, and Mary R. Falk ).
  • Law School Without Fear: Strategies For Success, 3rd edition (Foundation Press 2009) (with Marshall Shapo ).
  • Writing and Analysis in the Law, 5th edition (Foundation Press 2008) (with Marilyn R. Walter, and Elizabeth Fajans ).
  • The Law of Trusts and Trustees, Sections 201-230, Third Edition (Thomson West 2007) (with George Gleason Bogert, and George Taylor Bogert ).
  • Assisted Reproduction and the Law: Disharmony on a Divisive Social Issue, 100 Northwestern University Law Review 465-479 (2006).
  • Frozen Pre-embryos and the Right to Change One's Mind, 12 Duke Journal of Comparative And International Law 75 (2002).

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  • BA, Smith College
  • MAT, Harvard University
  • JD, University of Virginia

Prior Appointments

  • Perkins-Bauer Teaching Professor of Law, 1987-1988, Northwestern University School of Law
  • Associate Professor of Law, 1981-1983, Northwestern University School of Law
  • Assistant Professor of Law, 1978-1981, Northwestern University School of Law
  • Law Clerk, 1977-1978, Hon. James C. Turk, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia
  • Attorney, 1976-1977, Robert M. Musselman and Associates
  • Instructor, 1976-1978, Graduate School, University of Virginia

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