Anna Shavers

Anna W. Shavers Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion and Cline Williams Professor of Citizenship Law

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Anna Williams Shavers is the Cline Williams Professor of Citizenship Law and Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion.

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. She has previously served as Interim Dean and Associate Dean of the College of Law.

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 has served 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. She is a frequent national and international presenter on immigration, human trafficking and administrative law issues.  

She was elected to The American Law Institute  in 2017, appointed to Administrative Conference of the United States in 2016, Elected as Fellow to the Administrative Law Section, American Bar Association(ABA), October 2009 and is a member of the ABA Standing Committee on International Trade in Legal Services.  She has also served as a member of the Vera Institute of Justice and the Lancaster County Attorney's Office - Lancaster County Community Advisory Group for the study of Prosecution and Racial Justice (PRJ); Chair, Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice Section, American Bar Association(ABA) 2014-15;  ABA Immigration Committee, Administrative Law Section Liaison, 2005-2009; Chair (1998-99), Immigration Section, American Association of Law Schools,  Executive Committee member 1999-2000; Chair, Immigration Committee, Administrative Law Section, American Bar Association, 1993- 2006.


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.

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.

Gender, Race, and Class 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.

Forced Migration: 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.


Using International Human Rights Law in School Finance Litigation to Establish Education as a Fundamental Right,  Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy Summer, 2018 27-SUM Kan. J.L. & Pub. Pol'y 457

Crossing the Border Through Immigration, Importation, Illicit and Other Means and the Implications for Human and Civil Rights,  27 J. Civ. Rts. & Econ. Dev. 501-531 (2014).

States' Rights and Immigration Laws: A Valid Exercise of State Police Powers or an Intrusion on Federal Power?,  NBA National Bar Association Magazine January-May, 2012 18-MAY NBA Nat'l B. Ass'n Mag. 20

Human Trafficking, The Rule of Law, and Corporate Social Responsibility,  9 S.C. J. Int'l L. & Bus. 39, 46 (2012).

Welcome to the Jungle: New Immigrants in the Meatpacking and Poultry Processing Industry,  Journal of Law, Economics & Policy Spring, 2009 5 J.L. Econ. & Pol'y 31

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

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

Closing the School Doors in the Pursuit of Equal Education Opportunity: A Comment on MONTOY V. STATE, 2003 WL 22902963 (KAN. DIST. CT. 2003),  Nebraska Law Review 2005 83 Neb. L. Rev. 901

Rethinking the Equity vs. Adequacy Debate: Implications for Rural School Finance Reform Litigation,  Nebraska Law Review 2003 82 Neb. L. Rev. 133

The Impact of Technology on Legal Education,  Journal of Legal Education, September, 2001 51 J. Legal Educ. 407

A Century of Developing Citizenship Law and the Nebraska Influence:  A Centennial Essay,  Nebraska Law Review 1991 70 Neb. L. Rev. 462


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

Book Chapters

Using Customary International Law to Improve Women’s Lives in Brian D. Lepard , Reexamining Customary International Law (Cambridge Univ. Press 2017)

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)

Immigration and Naturalization in Jeffrey S. Lubbers, ed., Developments in Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice 2002-2003 (American Bar Association, 2003)

Immigration and Naturalization, with Hiroshi Motomura in Jeffrey S. Lubbers, ed., DEVELOPMENTS IN ADMINISTRATIVE LAW AND REGULATORY PRACTICE 1999-2000 (American Bar Association, 2001)

Immigration and Naturalization, in Jeffrey S. Lubbers, ed., DEVELOPMENTS IN ADMINISTRATIVE LAW AND REGULATORY PRACTICE 1998-1999 (American Bar Association, 2000)




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


Acting Dean, 2019
Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, 2018
Interim Dean, 2009
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