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Charles A. Shaw

Charles A. Shaw

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri St. Louis, Missouri


Born: Jackson, Tennessee-December 31, 1944.
Education: 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.

Charles 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. 

Judge 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." 

Before 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 involved." 

Upon 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."  

In 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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