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About Professor Shelby

I am currently a professor of law at Washington and Lee University School of Law. I joined W&L from DePaul University College of Law, where I taught a variety of business law courses such as Business Organizations, Securities Regulation and a seminar on Investment Funds. I received the DePaul College of Law Excellence in Teaching Award in May 2016 and the DePaul University Excellence in Teaching Award in September 2018.

My research generally encompasses regulatory issues related to hedge funds and other pooled investment vehicles, and it has been cited by ForbesThe Brookings Institution, and an array of other publications. My research has primarily investigated the extent to which the law should further regulate the increasing publicness of private funds. I have published articles in the California Law Review, the Business Lawyer, Boston College Law Review, Washington and Lee Law Review (co-authored with Steven Ramirez and Kristin Johnson), SMU Law Review, The Delaware Journal of Corporate Law, among other journals and periodicals.

I received my B.S. in Finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and my J.D. from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. I then practiced law in the Investment Funds, Advisers and Derivatives Group with Sidley Austin LLP for close to four years. As an associate in this group, I represented clients in regulatory and corporate matters involving hedge funds, commodity pools and derivatives trading. After leaving Sidley, I completed the William H. Hastie Fellowship at the University of Wisconsin Law School, which is a competitive two-year LL.M. program designed to prepare its candidates for a career in law academia.

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