Who is on the ASL faculty?


Clinton W. (Wes) Shinn

Clinton Shinn
Professor of Law
276-935-4349, Ext. 1220

J.D., Tulane University (1972)
LL.M., Harvard (1973)
B.S., cum laude, McNeese State University (1969)

Courses: Secured Transactions, Property, Estates and Trusts

Professor Shinn graduated second in his class from Tulane Law School and was elected to Order of the Coif. At Tulane, he served as Editor-in-Chief (Volume 46), Assistant Articles Editor (Volume 45) of the Tulane Law Review, and Faculty Advisor (Volume 46). He was an Assistant Professor of Law at Tulane from 1973 to 1975 (teaching Contracts, Evidence, Oil and Gas, and Environmental Law). He was in private practice in New Orleans with the firm of Stone Pigman from 1975 to 1998 (as a partner from 1978 on), and in Covington, Louisiana, with his own firm during 1998-99, practicing primarily in the areas of commercial real estate transactions and finance, oil and gas, environmental law, probate, and estate planning. In 1999, Professor Shinn returned to teaching full-time, at the Appalachian School of Law until 2002 (teaching Property I and II, Law Office Management, Secured Transactions, Natural Resources, Estates and Trusts, and Property - Selected Policy Foundations). He was named the 1L Professor of the Year in 1999-2000 and in 2000-2001. He served as Associate Professor of Law at the Mississippi College School of Law from 2002 through 2006 (teaching Property I and II, Evidence, Secured Transactions, and three Louisianna Civil Law courses). He was named Professor of the Year for 2005-06. He returned to Appalachian School of Law commencing Fall 2006 as Professor of Law (teaching Property I and II, Secured Transactions, and Estates and Trusts).

Professor Shinn is a member of the Louisiana Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Virginia Bar Association (associate member), the Louisiana Bar Foundation (Charter Fellow), the Charles Clark Inn of Court (Barrister), the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (Fellow), and the American Bar Foundation (Fellow). He formerly served as an elected member of the Louisiana Bar Association House of Delegates and as an Assistant Bar Examiner. He is a Public Arbitrator for NASD Disputes Resolution. He currently serves as a member of the Town of Grundy, Virginia, Industrial Development Authority.


Successions, in Louisiana Practice: Civil Practice Forms (Thomson West 2005) (chapter author).

Secured Transactions, 7A Mississippi Practice Series: Encyclopedia of Mississippi Law (Thomson West, J.Jackson & M.Miller eds., 2003) (author of 385 volume).

"Lessening Stress of the 1L Year: Implementing an Alternative to Traditional Grading," 41 U. Tol. L. Rev. 355 (2010).

"Of Coase, The Takings Clause, and the Inexorably Shrinking Marsh: A Review with Lagniappe," 29 So. L. Rev. 271 (2002).

"In Memoriam, Thomas F. Blackwell," 8 J. of Legal Writing Inst. 4 (2002).

"The Aleatory Contract in the Louisiana Civil Code: A Distinction Without a Difference," 33 Loyola (N.O.) L. Rev. 295 (1987).

"The Federal Grant Program to Aid Construction of Municipal Sewage Treatment Plants: A Survey of the 1972 FWPCA Amendments," 48 Tul. L. Rev. 85 (1973).

"Louisiana Mineral Law, Quasi Contract - Interruption of Prescription Liberandi Causa," 45 Tul. L. Rev. 181 (1970).