Anna Williams Shavers is the Cline Williams Professor of Citizenship Law.

Professor Shavers joined the faculty of the University of Nebraska College of Law in 1989. She received her B.S. degree from Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio and her M.S. in Business from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she was elected to membership in the Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honor Society. She received her J.D. degree (cum laude) from the University of Minnesota where she served as Managing Editor of the Minnesota Law Review. She was admitted to the Minnesota Bar in 1979 and the Nebraska bar in 1989. Other positions include: Associate, Faegre & Benson Law Firm, Minneapolis, MN and  Associate Clinical Professor, University of Minnesota.  While at the University of Minnesota, Professor Shavers established that law school's first immigration clinic. Professor Shavers teaches Administrative Law; Immigration Law; Forced Migration (including Human Trafficking); International Gender Issues;  and Gender, Race and Class. 

Professor Shavers believes that she has found the position for which she is ideally suited. She thoroughly enjoys the interaction with students. She also enjoys having the time to devote to reading and questioning various aspects of our legal system. Her primary interest is the area of immigration and its intersection with gender issues. This area appeals to her because of her appreciation of the differences of people from various cultures.  She is faculty co-advisor to the Multi-Cultural Legal Society and BALSA.

She currently serves as a Board Member of the Midwestern People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference, Inc., Co-Chair of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Interdisciplinary Conference on Human Trafficking Planning Team, and  Liaison for the ABA Administrative Law Section to the Administrative Conference of the United States (ACUS).   She has previously served as Chair of ABA Administrative Law Section, the Secretary and Publication Chair, a Council Member and Immigration Committee Chair of the ABA Administrative Law Section, Chair of the AALS Section on Immigration Law, member of the ABA Commission on Law and Aging and member of the ABA Coordinating Committee on Immigration Law. She is a frequent national and international presenter on immigration, human trafficking and administrative law issues.  Her recent publications include contributing editor of What Every Lawyer Needs to Know About Immigration Law (2014) and “Human Trafficking, The Rule of Law and Corporate Social Responsibility,” 9 South Carolina Journal of International Law And Business 39, Issue 1 (2013).


Administrative Law Law 633/G (ECON *886) (1-4 cr hr)
Origin and growth of the administrative process, the development of administrative law and its impact upon traditional legal institutions, analysis of the types of federal and state administrative tribunals, their powers and functions, and problems of administrative procedure, judicial and other controls upon the administrative process.

Civil Procedure I & II Law 516/G & 517/G (3 cr hr per class)
Introduction to federal and state court organization, jurisdiction, and procedure. Emphasis on pre-trial, trial, and post-trial procedures, including pleading, enforcement of judgements, motion practice, appellate review, and the effects of res judicata and collateral estoppel.

Comparative Law: International Gender Issues Seminar Law 716/G (1-4 cr hr)
Selected problems of international and comparative gender issues in foreign legal systems and their impact on U.S. law. Documents for discussion include the U.S. Constitution; U.S. Refugee Law; Violence Against Women Act; International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights; Universal Declaration of Human Rights; United National Charter; International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights; International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights; Convention of the Rights of the Child; Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women; and the Declaration on the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

Education Law Law 717/G (3 cr hr)
The role that law plays in education in the United States. The rights of students and teachers, special education and disability, school finance, school searches, student discipline, privacy of records, liability of school officials and discrimination based on gender and race. The emerging case law on state constitutional claims of education equity and adequacy.

Gender Issues in the Law Law 686/G (1-4 cr hr)
Critical review of the role of gender in shaping socio-legal relationships and policies. Examines selected procedural and substantive areas of the law that affect and are affected by gender. Includes, but are not limited to, employment, property, torts, the Constitution and contractual relationships. Emphasis on the complex relationship between gender, race and class.

Immigration Law Law 624/G (1-4 cr hr)
History of immigration to the United States, federal authority to regulate immigration, immigrant visas, nonimmigrant visas, deportation, political asylum, citizenship, rights of aliens in the United States, and ethical issues for immigration lawyers.

Refugee and Asylum Law Seminar Law 718/G (3 cr hr)
Refugee issues in the context of domestic and international political environments. Asylum reform, gender-based persecution, persecution of gays and lesbians, deficiencies in international and domestic refugee law, and firm resettlement of displaced persons. Interdisciplinary focus: considers the interplay among political, social, economic, cultural and psychological phenomena as refugees, governments of host countries, and international and non-governmental organizations interact in the context of ongoing crises around the world.


Katrina's Children: Revealing the Broken Promise of Education,  31 T. Marshall L. Rev. 499 (2006)

The Invisible Others and Immigrant Rights: A Commentary,  45 Hous. L. Rev. 99 (2008)


What Every Lawyer Needs to Know About Immigration LawAmerican Bar Association (2015) (Contributing Editor)

Book Chapters

Providing an Adequate and Equitable Education for the Children of Katrina and Other Victims of Disaster in Children, Law and Disasters: What Have We Learned From the Hurricanes of 2005?, (2008)




J.D., cum laude, 1976, University of Minnesota
M.S., Business, 1973, University of Wisconsin-Madison
B.S., 1967 Central State University, Wilberforce, Ohio

Areas of Expertise


Associate Dean, 2008
Endowed Chair, 2008
Professor of Law, 2004
Associate Professor of Law, 1995
Assistant Professor of Law, 1989
Associate Clinical Professor (Minnesota), 1986