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Hannah Shearer

Litigation Director, Giffords Law Center Expertise:  Litigation, Second Amendment, Smart Guns, State Laws, Guns in Schools
Litigation Director Hannah Shearer joined Giffords Law Center as a staff attorney and Second Amendment specialist in 2016. As the leader of Giffords Law Center’s constitutional litigation program, Hannah works to develop lawsuits advocating for gun safety reforms and gun violence survivors and serves as defense counsel in actions challenging local gun laws under the Second Amendment. Hannah also coordinates the organization’s efforts to track gun safety laws in the courts and manages Giffords Law Center’s amicus brief program, in which legal experts participate in crucial firearms litigation as “friends of the court.”

Hannah regularly provides information and commentary on Second Amendment litigation and state firearm laws to media outlets, policy advocates, and the academic community. She is the author of Giffords Law Center’s Post-Heller Litigation Summary, a comprehensive survey of Second Amendment decisions issued by state and federal courts since 2008.

Before joining Giffords, Hannah worked as a litigation associate at Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP in San Francisco and as a law clerk to Judge Paul J. Watford of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She received her undergraduate degree from Yale University and her JD from Stanford Law School.

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