Shae Rene McDowell, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John McDowell, is a third year law student at the Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge, La. She is from Edinburg, and after graduating from high school with honors she attended St. Mary’s University in San Antonio where she received a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in business commerce as a three year graduate. She was actively involved at St. Mary’s University as a member of the Black Student Association and the Phi Alpha Delta pre-law fraternity.

At the Southern University Law Center, McDowell is actively involved in various organizations. She is Parliamentarian for the Moot Court executive board and Editor-in-Chief of the Public Defender newspaper. On Sept. 30, 2009 the newspaper was published after an inactive period of three years with McDowell as the editor-in-chief. Recently, McDowell was inducted into the law Journal of Race, Gender and Poverty as an associate staff writer. She is also a member of the American Bar Association and the Business & Entrepreneurs Leadership Association.

Currently, McDowell is the research assistant for the former prosecutor of the Shreveport District’s Attorney’s Office Professor Shenequa Grey. Her research is concentrated to the areas of federal criminal procedure, criminal law and torts.

Upon graduating from law school in May 2010, she looks forward to putting the theory she has learned in law school to perform in all areas.