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New Staff Profile: Debbie Shapiro

Director of Academic Achievement and Bar Success

Debbie Shapiro was previously an adjunct professor and assistant director of career and professional development at Mitchell Hamline School of Law.

What led you to a career working in law school student services?

After practicing law for several years, I stayed home to raise my children. When I reentered the workforce, I found a natural connection between helping my own kids learn and grow and helping students learn and grow. Closely aligning my passion for helping others and guiding them to success has been extremely rewarding.

What attracted you to the St. Thomas Law?

I am attracted to St. Thomas because of its people. The students are motivated and dedicated to making a difference. Additionally, the faculty, administration and staff are an amazing group dedicated to offering the best legal education so students can pursue a meaningful life and career.

What should students know about you?

Students should know I am here to support their success. It is my goal to do all I can to help others along their journey. I have been in student support for over 13 years. I have taught, guided, mentored and listened to thousands of students. And now, I am here for you.

What is your favorite piece of advice from a mentor?

My favorite piece of advice from a mentor is to trust – trust yourself and trust your instincts. When you are true to yourself, things tend to work out as they should.

This story is featured in the summer 2022 issue of St. Thomas Lawyer.

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