McGeorge School of Law

David Shaw

Commissioner, Superior Court of California
David Shaw

BA, California State University, Sacramento
JD, McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific


Professor David Shaw is a Commissioner with the Superior Court of California, County of Sacramento and has taught as an adjunct faculty member at McGeorge since 1997. His legal career spans more than 30 years during which time he served as a Sacramento County Deputy District Attorney, Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of California, Chief Counsel to the Assembly Public Safety Committee, Director of the Office of Criminal Justice Planning, Deputy Executive Officer of the Victim Compensation Board, and as the California Inspector General. He also served on several statewide boards and commissions, including serving as the Chairperson of the Violence Against Women (VAWA) Task Force, the California Council on Criminal Justice and the California Rehabilitation Oversight Board. 

Professor Shaw also has 40 years of military leadership experience United States Army, the Army Reserve and the California Army National Guard, retiring as a Colonel in 2015. During his military career, he successfully commanded a Military Intelligence Company, a Signal Battalion, and a Combat Support Brigade. During Operation Enduring Freedom, COL Shaw served as the U.S. Army Mentor to the Governor of Kandahar Province, Afghanistan in 2012–2013. During this deployment, he worked extensively to establish secure and transparent national elections, to reform the Afghan National Police, and to enhance security for civil government operations.


Criminal Pretrial Litigation