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Shannon Sevier

Assistant Dean for Graduate Law Programs


Contact Information



  • M.P.A., St. Mary’s University, 2021
  • J.D., St. Mary’s University, 2007
  • M.A.T., College of Charleston, 2001
  • B.A., Washington State University, 1997
  • B.A., University of Puget Sound, 1994

License to Practice

  • Texas

Specialties and Courses

  • Education law
  • Constitutional law
  • Fundamentals of the American Legal System


Sevier has over 20 years of experience in higher education administration holding the positions of Assistant Registrar at Trinity University, Associate Registrar at the College of Charleston and currently serves as Assistant Dean of Graduate Law Programs for the School of Law. Sevier oversees all aspects of the graduate law admissions process and advising working with faculty and administrators to ensure successful admissions, registration, advising and graduation processes to support the recruitment and enrollment of a diverse and qualified student body of both domestic and international students.

As adjunct professor, Sevier teaches incoming Master of Jurisprudence students for one of their introductory courses, Fundamentals of American Legal System. She taught for the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) for 5 years in the fields of Business Law and Professional Ethics while overseas and is certified to teach online through the Quality Matters program as well as UMUC’s proprietary Webtycho program.

Before joining St. Mary’s Law Sevier was the Lead Trainer for Curriculum and Instruction for a child development center located on United States Army Garrison (USAG) Grafenwoehr and led the team to NAEYC accreditation. Her center was the first Army child development center to achieve NAYEC accreditation in the European Command. After that she became the program manager and lead trainer for a multiple site transition network (Soldier for Life) in Western Germany based at USAG Vilsek. She was in charge of counselor training and curriculum implementation and delivery. She also supervised outreach, marketing, counseling and case management of 150+ new soldiers monthly, with a running population of 1500+.

Sevier has been an active volunteer for many years, helping non-profits overseas navigate garrison regulations, host nation laws and Status-of-Forces agreements. She received the Volunteer of the Year Award in 2012 from the Garrison Commander of USAG Grafenwoehr for her contributions. Concurrently Sevier also served as European PTA President for two terms and on the National Board of Directors for an additional 6 years. The final three years as the Vice President for Advocacy for the National PTA, where she led advocacy efforts to include congressional testimony, federal rulemaking and legislative comments during mark-ups for National PTA positions on the topics of net neutrality, education policy, education funding, federal nutrition guidelines, student data privacy, special needs early intervention and services, and juvenile justice reform.