Matthew Shapiro writes about civil procedure, alternative dispute resolution, and related aspects of private law, drawing on legal and political theory to examine the ways in which the state uses procedural law to shape the resolution of private disputes. His article Distributing Civil Justice won the Association of American Law Schools 2021 Scholarly Papers Competition. His scholarship has also been selected for the Harvard/Stanford/Yale Junior Faculty Forum (twice) and for the New Voices in Civil Justice Workshop and has appeared or is forthcoming in such publications as the Columbia Law Review, Georgetown Law Journal, and Boston University Law Review, as well as in an edited collection of essays on private law theory published by Oxford University Press.
Professor Shapiro was a law clerk to Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., on the Supreme Court of the United States and to Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. He also practiced with Hogan Lovells US LLP, specializing in appellate and complex civil litigation. Before joining the Rutgers Law School faculty, he was a member of the faculty of the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University, having begun his academic career as an Associate in Law (fellow) at Columbia Law School.
Professor Shapiro received his J.D. from Yale Law School, where he was a Book Reviews and Features Editor of the Yale Law Journal, and his A.B., magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from Princeton University. He also earned a D.Phil. and an M.Phil., with Distinction, in political theory from the University of Oxford, where he studied as a Keasbey Memorial Foundation Scholar.