Emily Shapiro received her B.A. from Brown University in 1974 and her J.D. from Georgetown Law School in 1977. Following graduation from law school, she worked as a staff attorney in the U.S. Department of Transportation. After moving to Minnesota in 1978, she was employed for many years in the nonpartisan House Research Department of the Minnesota House of Representatives, where she served as legal counsel to members of the House and its committees, primarily in the areas of juvenile and criminal justice legislation and policy.
Shapiro left House Research in late 2000 to join the Institute on Criminal Justice at the University of Minnesota Law School, where she performed public policy research for two years until the Institute ran out of funding and closed its doors.
Shapiro joined William Mitchell’s adjunct faculty in 2003. She is a member of both the District of Columbia and Minnesota bars and has lectured frequently in CLE programs on criminal and juvenile justice topics.