My undergraduate education at the University of Washington started with a concentration in South Asian Area Studies but I finished with a B.S. in Cell/Molecular Biology. Upon completion of my undergraduate degree I entered a PhD program at the University of New Mexico with an emphasis on evolution and adaptive physiology. I completed my PhD in 1986. Along the way I taught at undergraduate and graduate levels. My research has been published in national and international peer-reviewed journals.
Upon returning to Seattle, I entered the University of Washington Law School, earning my J.D. in 1989. While a law student I worked representing low-income individuals in a law clinic and also taught an ecology/natural history class in the UW's Zoology program. In 1989 I joined the Defender Association as a staff attorney. In my years at the Defender Association I represented indigent clients on cases ranging from suspended driver's licenses to homicide.
I now work out of my home as a sole practitioner. My low overhead allows me to make a living while keeping my fees within reach of the average person.
I enjoy working with clients from diverse backgrounds. I lived in Thailand for two years and have traveled in Japan, India, and Maylaysia. Teaching in New Mexico, I had students from the Navajo, Hopi, and Zuni tribes. These experiences educated me on the significance of understanding culture and language when working with others. I am LGBT and kink friendly.
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Nicole Chafetz, Divorce and separation Attorney
I endorse this lawyer. The application would only allow me to endorse Shawn for one area, so I've known him most recently in child welfare cases and I checked family law. But I've known Shawn for approximately 20 years. Many of those years we were as a co-worker in public defense. So I also know him to be an EXTREMELY aggressive criminal attorney of the highest caliber. And when I say that, I mean that if either of my own children had a criminal case or a DWI, I would not think twice about paying Shawn to work for us. I know that he would get the best possible outcome for them. I have been on all sides of of Shawn. (Smile.) I have been a co-worker, an opponent, and recently he has ruled as a pro tem on my own motions several times in Juvenile Court. He's a fighter, his rulings are fair, he's a renaissance man, and a damned interesting guy.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Pro Tem Judge||Seattle Municipal Court||2015 - Present|
|Pro Tem Commissioner||KIng County Superior Court||2010 - Present|
|Title 11 Guardian Ad Litem||King County Superior Court||2015 - 2016|
|owner, manager||Law Office of Shawn Crowley LLC||2009 - 2016|
|staff attorney||The Defender Association||1989 - 2008|
|intern||University of Washington Student Legal Services||1988 - 1988|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Washington Defender Association||N/A||1990 - Present|
|Washington Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys||N/A||1991 - 2015|
|Washington State Juvenile Nonoffender Benchbook||volume editor and contributor (Shelter Care chapter)||2011|
|Oecologia (Berlin)||Thermal sensitivity of sprint running in the lizard Sceloporus undulatus: support for a conservative view of thermal physiology||1985|
|University of Washington School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1989|
|University of New Mexico||Biology||PhD - Doctorate||1986|
|University of Washington||Biology||BS - Bachelor of Science||1977|
|Web Seminar CLE||Getting More for Parents at Shelter Care Hearings||2011|
|Effectively Using Psychological Evaluations in Child Welfare Cases||Effectively Countering Psychological Evidence||2010|
|Dependency Training||Shelter Care hearings/cross examination||2010|
|Psychological Evaluations in Child Welfare Cases||Effective cross examination of psychological experts||2008|
|Annual Conference of the Sex Offender Commitment Defender Association||Defending Civil Commitments||2000|