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Nina Shaw

Through a generous leadership gift, Nina Shaw ’79 has supported the Eric H. Holder Jr. Scholarship Fund, which was started by fellow alumnus George Madison ‘80 with the goal of raising $1 million to support deserving minority students. As an active and engaged alumna, she has also served on the committee that launched The Campaign for Columbia Law on the West Coast, and has held positions on the Law School’s Board of Visitors, reunion committees, West Coast Advisory Board, and the Barbara A. Black Professorship Committee. Shaw is a proud recipient of Columbia Law School’s 2019 prestigious Medal for Excellence Award.

Shaw is a founding partner of the entertainment law firm Del Shaw Moonves Tanaka Finkelstein & Lezcano. Among her many awards and honors, in January 2019, she was included in InStyle Magazine’s “The Badass 50” list of women changing America. She is a founding organizer of the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund, which connects those who experience sexual misconduct in the workplace with legal assistance.

In my community, lawyers were like superheroes. They were people who tried to make the law live up to its potential. And they had names like Thurgood Marshall, and Charles Hamilton Houston, and Constance Baker Motley. And they became lawyers against great odds, and they fought for the rights of people. I always saw law as being a profession that was a public good.