Vijay Shanker

Adjunct Associate Professor of Law

Vijay Shanker is an attorney in the Appellate Section of the Criminal Division at the United States Department of Justice. He has briefed and argued several dozen criminal appeals, including three en bancs, in ten different federal circuit courts and prepares draft briefs for the Solicitor General for filing in the Supreme Court. He has briefed criminal issues ranging from Fourth Amendment search and seizure to sentencing to criminal forfeiture. Vijay has received six Justice Department Special Achievement Awards for “sustained superior performance of duty.”

Vijay received his B.A. in Public Policy Studies, cum laude, from Duke University in 1994. He received his law degree in 1999 from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he was named to the Order of the Coif and was awarded the Roger & Madeleine Traynor Prize and the Law School Alumni Association Best Note Award. He served as a Notes Editor on the Virginia Law Review and also published a note, “Alcohol Direct Shipment Laws, the Commerce Clause, and the Twenty-First Amendment.”

After graduating from law school, Vijay served as a law clerk for the Honorable Chester J. Straub on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York. Following his clerkship, he practiced general civil, white-collar criminal, and appellate litigation, first at Covington & Burling and then at Mayer Brown. He joined the Justice Department in 2005.



Currently Teaching

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Degrees & Universities

  • J.D., University of Virginia School of Law 1999 (Order of the Coif)
  • B.A., Duke University 1994 (cum laude)

  • Selected Publications

    • Vijay Shanker, Note, Alcohol Direct Shipment Laws, the Commerce Clause, and the Twenty-First Amendment, 85 Va. L. Rev. 353 (Mar. 1999).