Shelly Page

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Professor of Law
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B.A., Howard University
J.D., Texas Tech School of Law

Professor Page has been a licensed attorney since 1993 and a law professor for more than 11 years. She worked for seven years at St. Mary’s School of Law in San Antonio, Texas and now heads up the Criminal Law Department at LMU Law. She has been in Knoxville since 2010. Prior to teaching, Page served as a criminal prosecutor in Austin, Texas, and a staff attorney for the State Board for Educator Certification, also in Austin. In her spare time, Page enjoys quilting, crocheting, and traveling via RV with her husband and kids.

As an attorney, Page specializes in criminal law, human rights, education law, domestic violence law and civil rights. She has taught International Human Rights: Global Sex Trafficking in Innsbruck, Austria, for two semesters and currently researches in the area of Sex Trafficking. Page also speaks internationally at conferences on the topic of sex trafficking. She has spoken in Austria, England, China, Turkey, the Czech Republic, Africa and Greece.

Page was also asked to chair a session at the 2012 International Conference on Law & Society. This conference was co-sponsored by the Canadian Law and Society Association, the Japanese Association of Sociology of Law, and the Socio-Legal Studies Association of the United Kingdom and was held in Honolulu, Hawaii. She has also been an invited speaker in 2014 and 2015 at the East Tennessee Women’s Leadership Summit held annually in Knoxville.

A conservative estimate tells us that there are 27 million people globally in enslavement. That is double the number of people stolen from the continent of Africa during the trans-Atlantic slave trade. Page’s passion lies in one day seeing modern-day slavery eradicated. She wants the world to know that slavery still exists and it is in our backyard. It affects all of us and until we work diligently to end it, it will continue to flourish.

Selected Publications

Human Trafficking, Carolina Academic Press (with Bill Piatt) (forthcoming 2016)

When ‘I’m Innocent’ Really Means ‘I AM Innocent’: Wrongful Convictions and Due Process Violations, The Law Enforcement Executive Forum, ( (Forthcoming, expected publication December 2015)

Where Has Their Innocence Gone? Addressing Child Sex TourismWestern Journal of Criminal Justice (Western Illinois University) (2014)

Sex Trafficking Laws in East TennesseeDICTA (A Monthly Publication of the Knoxville Bar Association) (2014)

Porn and Commercial Sexual ExploitationWestern Journal of Criminal Justice (2013)

Jailing the Johns: The Issue of Demand in Human Sex TraffickingFlorida Coastal Law Review (2012)

The Strong Arm of the Law is Weak: How the TVPA Fails to Effectively Assist Victims of the Sex TradeCreighton Law Review (2012)

How the Internet Is Used to Facilitate the Trafficking of Humans as Sex Slaves, Law Enforcement Executive Forum (2012)

Parents Super-Sizing Their Children: Criminalizing and Prosecuting The Rising Incidence of Child Obesity as Abuse, DePaul Journal of Health Care Law (2010)

Non-Education in America: Gateway to Subsistence Living, Texas Wesleyan Law Review (2008)

Slipping Through the Cracks and Into Schools: The Need for a Uniform Sexual-Predator Tracking System, The Scholar: St. Mary’s Law Review on Minority Issues (2008)

Selected Presentations

“How the Internet is Used to Facilitate the Trafficking of Humans as Sex Slaves,” Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board Law Enforcement Executive Forum (2012)

“The Strong Arm of the Law is Weak: How the TVPA is Failing Victims of The Sex Trafficking Trade,” Athens Institute for Education and Research 8th Annual International Conference on Law (2011)

“Addressing the Issue of Demand in the Global Sex Trade,” 11th International Conference on Diversity in Organizations, Communities & Nations (2011)

“International Human Rights: Global Sex Trafficking,” Stellar International Networks Conference (2011)

“Childhood Obesity (The Marketing of Fast Food to the Poor and People of Color),” Northeastern University Law School Law Journal Symposium (2011)