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David M. Shapiro

David M. Shapiro

David M. Shapiro is the director of the Supreme Court and Appellate Program of the Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center, a group of five appellate attorneys in Chicago and Washington D.C. dedicated to strategic representation in high-stakes civil rights appeals throughout the nation. Shapiro litigates to protect civil rights and criminal justice in the U.S. Supreme Court, the federal courts of appeals, and state supreme courts. In recent years, Shapiro has argued before the en banc Eighth and Ninth Circuits, the Illinois Supreme Court, and numerous federal appellate panels across the country, winning appeals regarding law enforcement brutality and misconduct, the Prison Litigation Reform Act, criminal procedure, First Amendment liberty, and deaths in custody. In the federal district courts, he litigated a First Amendment case that restructured a jail’s censorship regime and helped to try a case that ended the segregation of prisoners with HIV. Shapiro has published extensive scholarship on civil rights, including articles in the Notre Dame Law Review, the George Washington Law Review, and the Columbia Human Rights Law Review; he has an article on solitary confinement in the Harvard Law Review.

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December 18, 2019

Solitary Confinement: Calling for Change in American Prisons

David Shapiro and Danny Greenfield discuss the scope and effects of solitary confinement in US prisons.