Shana Campbell Jones ('03) is currently the Director of the Virginia Costal Policy Clinic at William and Mary Law School. Before her current appointment, Shana was a law clerk for The Honorable Robert Doumar, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia and The Honorable Lynne Battaglia, Maryland Court of Appeals. Shana went on to work for McGuire Woods at their Norfolk office in their litigation division before moving into the policy realm as Policy Analyst and then Executive Director for the Center for Progressive Reform. With the CPR, Shana worked on a series of projects related to improving Chesapeake Bay environmental accountability.
In her current appointment, Shana continues to focus on issues related to the Chesapeake Bay along with mitigating or adapting to sea level rise, coastal management and wetlands. The Clinic has formed a partnership with the Virginia Institute of Marine Science to advise state and local policymakers on marine science and government policies that affect the state’s marine, coastal and wetland resources. Shana has a myriad of duties in developing and maintaining the Costal Policy Clinic but above all, Shana will be setting the future course for the Clinic.
While at the University of Maryland, Shana found the Environmental Law Clinic invaluable in her career development and is thrilled to be starting an environmental law clinic from scratch, developing opportunities to work closely with the Virginia Institute of Marine Science which will benefit both the state and her students. While at the University of Maryland, Shana valued the school's small size and low faculty to student ratio: "The professors are very hands-on. They know you. I really feel like I had several professors who cared about me and wanted to see me succeed. Maryland's size and its commitment to teaching is a real advantage."
Shana, along with many alumni, remains an active part of the law school's Environmental Law Program. In April 2010 the Maryland state legislature considered cuts to the Environmental Law Clinic funding due to the clinic's suit against the poultry industry. Shana joined current students and alums to object: "law schools are often the only places that citizen groups can go to in order to receive representation. Maryland's commitment to its clinic sets an example for the rest of the country."