Shelby A. Dickerson Moore

Vice President, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; and Professor of Law

B.A., Towson State University
J.D., University of Baltimore, School of Law
LL.M., Harvard School of Law

Areas of Expertise

  • Criminal Corrections
  • Criminal Law
  • Feminist Jurisprudence
  • Property
  • Torts



Office: 653T

Professor Shelby A. D. Moore is a Tenured Professor of Law at South Texas College of Law Houston in Houston, Texas.  She was the Godwin Pappas, Langley Ronquillo Research Professor from 2003 – 2008.  During her 16 years as an academic, she has taught Criminal Law, Property I and Property II, Torts I and Torts II, Criminal Corrections, the Politics of Race in America and Wills, Trusts and Estates (Spring 2009).  She is presently the Chair of the Academic Assistance Advisory Committee which focuses on creating new and innovative ways to assist students academically, professionally and personally.  She has received a number of awards for her teaching as well as for her willingness to mentor students.  Professor Moore has published widely, primarily in the areas of criminal law and social policy.   She is an expert in domestic violence issues.  Due to this expertise, she has been consulted on a number of cases and has appeared in the national media on television shows such as 48 Hours Mysteries.  She has also served as an expert on a number of high profile cases such as State v. Yates and State v. Wright. Prior to entering academia, she practiced as a litigator in Maryland, focusing on civil litigation.  She also served in an attorney for a firm whose primary focus was civil rights.  Immediately prior to teaching at South Texas College of Law Houston, she was a Prosecutor at the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s office where she practiced in a number of Divisions, including Felony and Special Felony Narcotics.

Professor Moore earned an LL.M. from Harvard Law School, a J. D. from University of Baltimore, and a BA with an emphasis in Law Enforcement/ Criminal Corrections as well as and a minor in English from Towson University.


An Act of Resistance: Reconceptualizing Andrea Yates’s Killing of Her Children, 61 S. Tex. L. Rev. 431 (2021).

Who Is Keeping the Gate? What Do We Do When Prosecutors Breach the Ethical Responsibilities They Have Sworn to Uphold? 47 S. Tex. L. Rev. 801 (2006).

Remembering the Forgotten Ones: Protecting the Elderly from Financial Abuse , 41 San Diego L. Rev. 505 (2004). (with Jeanette Schaefer)

Understanding the Connection Between Domestic Violence, Crime and Poverty: How Welfare Reform May Keep Battered Women from Leaving Abusive Relationships , 12 Tex. J. Women & L. 451 (2003).

A Trust Analysis of a Gestational Carrier’s Right to Abortion , 70 Fordham L. Rev. 93 (2001). (with Kevin Yamamoto).

Questioning the Autonomy of Prosecutorial Charging Decisions: Recognizing the Need to Exercise Discretion – Knowing There Will Be Consequences for Crossing the Line , 60 La. L. Rev. 371 (2000).

Same House Not Close Enough: Fear of Abuse Only Dooms Battered Person Defense , 3 Forensic Echo, Mar. 1, 1999. (https://echo.forensicpanel.com)

Doing Another’s Bidding under a Theory of Defense of Others: Shall We Protect the Unborn with Murder , 86 Ky L.J. 257 (1997-98).

Requiring Landlords to Install and Maintain Smoke Alarms under the Texas Smoke Detector Statute: a Matter of Life and Death , 22 Seton Hall Legis. J. 143 (1997).

Battered Woman Syndrome: Selling the Shadow to Support the Substance , 38 How. L.J. 297 (1995).

The Return of the Real Estate Investment Trust , 11 Prac. Real Est. Law., Mar. 1995, at 49.


Family Violence , 31st Annual Advanced Criminal Law Course (Austin: State Bar of Texas, 2005). (Chap. 42)

No Watchful Eye; A Child Will Die , The People of Color Conference, University of Baltimore School of Law, Jan. 30, 2004.

Domestic Violence – Special Issues and Developments, 28th Annual Advanced Criminal Law Course (Austin: State Bar of Texas, 2002). (Chap. 33)

Domestic Violence in Law Schools , University of Texas Law School, State Bar of Texas, Apr. 15-16, 1999.

The Aftermath of Hopwood, 11th Annual Meeting of the National Association of University Land-Grant Colleges, Nov. 15, 1998.

Abused Women Who Commit Crimes , Texas Council on Family Violence, 16th Annual Conference, Oct. 6, 1997.

Current Theories on the Use of the Battered Woman Syndrom and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Defenses , State Bar of Texas, Apr. 28, 1997.

Prosecutorial Discretion in Charging , Joint Symposium, La Raza/African-American Journal of Law and Policy, University of California at Berkeley School of Law, Boalt Hall, Mar. 8, 1997.

Criminal Justice, Racial Injustice: African-Americans, Latinos and the Racialization of Crime , University of California at Berkeley School of Law, Boalt Hall, Mar. 8 & 9, 1997.

Killing the Baby Killer – A Plea for Mercy, A Plea for Justice , Southwest People of Color Conference, June 1996.

Domestic Violence: the Effects of Race, Ethnicity and Gender on the Identification of Victims and Offenders, Judicial Conference on Family Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse, June 7, 1996.

How Battered Woman Syndrome Is Being Used in Court , Coalition Against Domestic Abuse (CADA), Jan. 24, 1996.

Are Battered Women Really Helpless? Texas Council on Family Violence, Oct. 13, 1995.

What Is the Battered Woman Syndrome and How Does it Work? Texas Council on Family Violence, Oct. 12, 1995.

Women in Legal Education , Annual Conference on Women in Criminal Justice, Apr., 1995.

The Effectiveness of the Battered Woman Syndrome for Women of Color , Borders Book Store, Mar. 29, 1995.

A Comparison of American and Japanese Gun Control Laws , Japan-American Society, Oct., 1994.

Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) , at the National Meeting of the Real Property Section of the American Bar Association in New Orleans, Aug. 4-10, 1994.

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