Charles A. Shaw
United States District Court for the
Eastern District of Missouri
St. Louis, Missouri
Born: Jackson, Tennessee-December 31, 1944.
Harris-Stowe State College (B.A. 1966); University of Missouri at
Columbia (M.B.A. 1971); Columbus School of Law of the Catholic
University of America (J.D. 1974).
Judge Shaw was appointed a Judge
of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of
Missouri on November 20, 1993 by President Clinton.
Shaw's family hails from the Jackson/Brownsville, Tennessee area. Shaw
is a product of the St. Louis public schools, having attended public
schools from kindergarten through Harris Teacher's College, now
Harris-Stowe State College. One of his two brothers is a judge on the
Missouri Court of Appeals.
Shaw's parents have always been a very significant influence in his
life. His father taught him the valuable lesson that "there isn't
anything you can't do," while his mother taught him that "anything
worth doing should be done well."
entering the legal profession, Shaw pursued a career as an elementary
school teacher. He taught in both the St. Louis and District of
Columbia public school systems, for a total of four years. Judge Shaw
became interested in law during a business law course while pursuing
his MBA. "I became enamored with the case law method and logic
graduation from law school, Judge Shaw became an enforcement litigation
attorney with the National Labor Relations Board in Washington, D.C.
Thereafter, he was an attorney with the St. Louis firm of Lashly &
Baer, an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of
Missouri, and a State of Missouri Circuit Judge in the City of St.
Louis. Judge Shaw did not consider a judicial career until he became a
federal prosecutor: "I had no concept of what it took to be a judge
until I became an Assistant United States Attorney. That position with
the frequent courtroom appearances gave me a high regard for the bench."
reflecting on the experiences which prepared him for the bench, Judge
Shaw cites, "[l]ife itself, trying cases, learning to make a decision
and move on."
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