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Assistant Professor
  • Doctor of Jurisprudence, McGeorge School of Law 1974
  • B.A. in History, University of Nevada-Reno, 1971
Department: Social Work and Criminal Justice
Office Hours: Please call or email for an appointment. Phone #: 806.720.7837 james.shewan@LCU.EDU

Personal Info

After graduating from law school, Jim Shewan entered active duty with the United States Army Judge Advocate General's Corps in January of 1975. During this almost 21 year career with the JAG corps, he served as a criminal prosecutor and defense attorney, a claims attorney, and a supervising attorney in a variety of locations, including the Republic of Korea, Fort Campbell, Kentucky, the Republic of Germany, Fort Hood, Texas, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, and Fort McClellan, Alabama. Jim's final assignment with the Army was as a law instructor at the U.S. Army Military Policy School at Fort McClellan.
After retiring from the Army, Jim worked for over nine years as a deputy district attorney in the Washoe Country District Attorney's Office in Reno, Nevada. While in this office, he was on a general felony/misdemeanor prosecution team for two years where he prosecuted a wide variety of felony and misdemeanor offenses. Then for over seven and a half years, he was assigned to the Domestic Violence Prevention Team and specialized in prosecuting felony cases involving crimes against children, including child abuse resulting in substantial bodily harm and death, sex offenses against children, child pornography, sex offenders who fail to register, and Internet crimes against children.
In the last two years of his time on the Team, he was the prosecuting attorney for the multi-agency Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and was cross deputized as a Special Assistant United States Attorney to prosecute certain cases generated by this Task Force. In his final assignment in the District Attorney's Office, Jim was on the Misdemeanor Team where he prosecuted a variety of misdemeanor offenses with emphasis on domestic violence and driving under the influence crimes.

Current Classes

  • Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • Criminal Investigation
  • The Courts and Criminal Procedures
  • Understanding Sexual Offending
  • Forensic Computer Examination
  • Corrections, Probation, and Parole
  • Crime Analysis and Crime Mapping
  • Terrorism and Homeland Security
  • Legal Aspects of Law Enforcement
  • Violent Offenders
  • Fundamentals of Texas Criminal Law
  • Gangs
  • Habitual Criminals
  • Death Penalty
  • Ethics and Professionalism in Criminal Justice
  • Criminology

Last Updated: Feb 14, 2013