Shawn K. McGee is the Chief Operating Officer at MacArthur Justice Center and serves as the liaison between the national offices. He brings an integrative, dedicated, and dynamic personality to the Foundation and has a proven track record of superior performance and expertise in all aspects of Program Execution, Process Streamlining, Budget Administration, Research and Compilation, Strategic Reporting, Legal Operations, and Regulatory Compliance to support key initiatives within MacArthur Justice Center.
Mr. McGee brings to MacArthur Justice Center over two decades of experience with various Am 100 law firms. Most recently Mr. McGee was with Jenner & Block LLP as Senior Paralegal and Paralegal Coordinator, supervising a team of paralegals and project assistants, providing support to attorneys in complex commercial and business litigation matters from inception to verdict.
Mr. McGee brings a strong background in litigation and trial experience. Notably, some cases for which he played a significant role include:
- A discrimination class action lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Housing Authority of New Orleans (HANO), and various Senior government officials on behalf of public housing residents displaced by Hurricane Katrina for violation of the Fair Housing Act (42 U.S.C. § 3608), the HANO lease agreements, the Louisiana Civil Code, and the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution. The clients were displaced from their homes in New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina struck in August of 2005. Like the rest of the city, they fled their homes. Unlike other evacuees though, the public housing residents were not helped by government programs designed to support their return and were denied access to their former homes.
- Mr. McGee was integral in obtaining a jury verdict of not guilty for a pro bono client who was wrongfully charged with first-degree murder in a widely-publicized case involving a false confession.
- He was also a member of the pro bono trial team for a client who was exonerated and released after spending 19 years wrongfully incarcerated.
Mr. McGee received/earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Bellarmine University, where he was awarded a full Basketball Scholarship, playing for four years