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Lori Shaw Robol

Professor of Lawyering Skills

Full-Time Faculty

School of Law


Email: Lori Shaw Robol
Phone: 937-229-4187
203 Keller Hall


Lori Shaw Robol serves as a professor of lawyering skills at the University of Dayton School of Law and previously served as associate dean for academic affairs where she determined the curriculum and class schedule, counseled students regarding classes, and oversaw the academic functions and general administration of the School of Law. She has been a member of the Legal Profession faculty at the School of Law since 1988. 

In 2012, Robol was named the Title IX Coordinator for the University of Dayton, and was responsible for coordinating the University’s compliance that year. Her responsibilities included overseeing all Title IX complaints and identifying and addressing any patterns or systemic problems that arise during the review of such complaints.

She served as dean of students from 2003- 2013 where she worked with and counseled students concerning personal and academic issues. She developed and enforced student policies; served as an advocate for student needs and represented the student body on law school and university committees; and provided leadership for various student programs, organizations and events. She was also on the management team for Dayton Law and acted as a liaison between students, faculty and members of the administration.

Robol has acted as the faculty coordinator for the Honorable James J. Gilvary Symposium on Law, Religion and Social Justice. She authored a bimonthly column on legal ethics in the American Bar Association’s Student Lawyer and previously co-wrote a regular column for the Columbus Bar Journal. She is a recipient of the TWEN Award for Innovation in Teaching from West Group and in 2006 received her second national award from the American Society of Business Publication editors.

Despite her many roles in and outside the School of Law, Robol said her favorite job is still teaching and working with her students. “Teaching’s not just standing in front of a large classroom,” she says. “I enjoy the one-on-one contact. Seeing my students grow and teaching them something they’ll use for the rest of their lives is a joy.”

Robol says a career in law appealed to both sides of her brain. “I love science and math, and I also like English, history, and communicating with people,” she says. “In law, I can express both sides of my personality.” While a law student, she clerked for the Honorable Judson Shattuck, Greene County Domestic Relations Court. After graduating summa cum laude from Dayton Law, where she was the casenote editor for the Law Review, Dean Robol served as a law clerk for the Honorable Walter H. Rice, U.S. District Court Judge for the Southern District of Ohio, Western Division.

Having received both of her degrees from the University of Dayton, Robol ’83, ’87 found the decision to return to campus to teach an easy one. “I appreciate the sense of community,” she says. “In my experience the UD family is not just a motto. It’s a real thing.” Besides, she notes, “How many employers have their own basketball team?”

Courses Taught

LAW 6105 Legal Profession I
LAW 6106 Legal Profession II
LAW 6107 Criminal Law
LAW 6108 Advanced Criminal Law


J.D. summa cum laude, University of Dayton
B.S. summa cum laude, University of Dayton

Areas of Law

Professional Skills

Federal Criminal Law

Selected Publications

Pro Bono: Assessing Aims and Achievement, co-authored with Lisa Kloppenberg, 40 U. of Toledo L. Rev. 2 (Winter 2009)

The USA Patriot Act of 2001, the Homeland Security Act of 2002, and the False Dichotomy Between Protecting National Security and Preserving the Constitutional Right of Grand Jury Secrecy, Seton Hall Law Review (2004)

Federal Grand Jury: A Guide to Law and Practice (Pocket Part 2002-2004)

Lori Shaw and the Search for the Golden Snitch: Using Class Web Sites to Capture a Teachable Moment, 11 Perspectives 101 (2003)

The Role Grand Juries Play in Investigating Terrorism, Criminal Defense Weekly (with Susan Brenner, 2002)

Foreword: The Honorable James J. Gilvary Symposium on Law, Religion & Social Justice: A Schoolhouse Divided, 27 University of Dayton Law Review (2001)

The Role of Self-Evaluation in the Learning Process, The Second Draft: Bulletin of the Legal Writing Institute (1999)