About Me

Attorney at Law and Law Professor Shawn Newman, J.D.

"My objective with every course I teach, whether it is face-to-face, hybrid or on-line, is to provide students with practical information and the necessary tools for them to succeed. My teaching philosophy is “pragmatic engagement” based on my 30+ years as a practicing attorney and current issues."

I am an adjunct professor at Saint Martin’s University where I teach legal studies, legal research, business law and commercial law. I also teach legal research in the paralegal program at Pierce College at Fort Steilacoom. I am a graduate of Notre Dame Law School and has been practicing law for 30 years. I have worked as an assistant attorney general, senate staff counsel, public defender, college and university general counsel. My private practice focuses on consumer and constitutional rights. I have been admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court, 9th and 5th Circuit Courts of Appeals, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, U.S. District Courts for Western and Eastern Washington and the Washington State Supreme Court. I have argued and won cases before the Washington State Supreme Court and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. I am also the Washington State Director of the Initiative and Referendum Institute based at USC Law School. I have represented a variety of clients, including presidential candidates (Ralph Nader and H. Ross Perot), judges, attorneys, corporations and criminals. I collaborate with attorneys from around the country on a variety of issues ranging from animal welfare to foreclosure defense. I have been been quoted in a variety of media outlets, including the New York Times, LA Times, USA Today, Al Jazeera America and NBC Nightly News. I live in Olympia with my wife Marianne and dog Bernie. I am a dual citizen of the US and Ireland and enjoy playing the ukulele at local nursing homes.

Selected publications

"Welcome to Freddie and Fannie's Mortgage Shell Game" http://www.msfraud.org/articles/welcome-to-fannie-and-freddies-mortgage-shell-game.pdf

Professional associations/memberships

Academy for Legal Studies in Business

Washington State Bar Association

Thurston County Bar Association


Married 35 years

Areas of interest

ukulele music


Shawn T. Newman

Attorney, lecturer, legal studies & business law

School of Business @ SMU Business Law @ Pierce College

Fields: Legal Studies, Business Law and Commercial Transactions

J.D. University of Notre Dame Law School; B.S. Labor & Human Resources, Ohio State.

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