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Our History: Former Faculty [Fall 2020 - this site is under construction as we update this list]: Shapo, Marshall S. (1970-1978)

Tenured faculty at the University of Virginia School of Law through its history.

Marshall S. Shapo, 1970-1978


Marshall Shapo received an A.B. from the University of Miami in 1958 and a master’s degree from Harvard in 1961. In 1964 he received an LL.B. from the University of Miami. He held such varied positions as professor of history at the University of Miami, clerk of the Dade County Attorney, writer for the Miami News, and employee of the National Labor Relations Board. He then became a professor at the University of Texas School of Law. At UVA, he taught such courses as Products Liability, Modern Social Legislation, Torts, and Contracts, and he became the Joseph M. Hartfield Professor of Law. He left in 1978 to become a professor at Northwestern University School of Law.



Products and the Consumer: Deceptive Practices (with Page Keeton) (Foundation Press, 1972).

Cases and Materials on Tort and Compensation Law (West, 1976).

The Duty to Act: Tort Law, Power, & Public Policy (University of Texas Press, 1977).

A Nation of Guinea Pigs (Free Press, 1979).

Articles and Book Chapters

“Thou Shalt Not Ration Justice”: The Law and the Poor Man in the Sixties, 55 Cornell L. Rev. 44-57 (1969).

Defective and Dangerous Products: A Personalized Instruction Guide, 42 U. Cin. L. Rev. 403-414 (1973).

Materia Medica and Products Liability: Problems Inherent in Progress, in New Developments in Law/Medicine 105-125 (Grant H. Morris & Martin L. Norton eds., Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 1974).

Page Keeton and the Revolution in Products Law: Toward Stability, A Quest for Fairness, 52 Tex. L. Rev. 1065-1095 (1974).

A Representational Theory of Consumer Protection: Doctrine, Function and Legal Liability for Products Disappointment, 60 Va. L. Rev. 1109-1388 (1974).

Examining Workmen’s Compensation the New Torts Way: 20th Century Efforts at Legal Control of Safety Problems, 49 Fla. B.J. 20-24 (1975).

Swine Flu and Legal Policy, 63 A.B.A. J. 51-54 (1977).

Some Thoughts about a Tort Perspective on Power: Ideas for Dean Green, 56 Tex. L. Rev. 503-512 (1978).


Law and Science: A Process of Confronting Progress, 1975-76 U. Va. L. Sch. Found. Ann. Rep. 19-20.

Statement, in Regulation of Recombinant Dna Research 98-103 (Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, U.S. Senate, Hearing, Nov. 2, 1977).