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2014 Spring Dinner | In Memoriam  - Henry Shields, Jr.

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In Memoriam

Henry Shields, Jr. (1945 – 2014)


Henry Shields was a dedicated member of CRF’s Board of Directors. We were honored to have had his time, energy, and expertise.

Henry Shields, ]r. was born on July 2, 1945 in Chicago, Illinois. He was the third of eight children born to Henry, Sr. and Marjorie Shields.  Henry's formative years were spent on the south side of Chicago, where at an early age he acquired the nickname “Scrapper.”

Henry attended Southern Illinois University and the University of Illinois, receiving a BS in accounting in 1968. He worked in the Nuclear Energy Division for General Electric for several years and then received his JD from the UC Berkeley School of Law where he was an associate editor of the California Law Review. Henry joined the law firm of Irell and Manella in 1975, where he became a partner and practiced for 33 years, leaving to go first to Epstein Becker & Green and then Drinker Biddle & Reath. He was a highly experienced litigator representing major entertainment and real estate companies in cases concerning First Amendment, copyright, right of privacy, and business-related issues.

Henry was on the Board of Directors of the Constitutional Rights Foundation and the Los Angeles Free Clinic, and was president of the American Cinematheque.  He was formerly a member of the Friends Board of Directors of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund; Chair of the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference and of its Executive Committee; a member of the Ninth Circuit Gender Bias Task Force; and an ex-officio member of the Ninth Circuit Task Force on Racial, Religious, and Ethnic Fairness.

He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Jo Anne; his two sons, Brian and Matthew, who were his constant pride and joy; his mother, Marjorie; his brothers Shaun (Jo), David (Gloria), and Norman; and his sisters Noreen (Calvin) and Diane. He was predeceased by his father, Henry Sr., his sister Sheila, and his brother Christopher.

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