Clare Murphy Shaw

Clare Murphy Shaw joined the firm in 2017 as an associate attorney. Her practice is mainly focused on humanitarian-based applications, including asylum. She also manages the firms contract to represent children in the United States without a parent or guardian and who are facing deportation.

Clare has an extensive background in non-profit work including attaining 501(c)(3) tax exempt status, writing by-laws, and establishing boards. She is an accomplished grant-writer and has submitted grants for a broad scope of community-based organizations. She is utilizing that background to help the firm build and manage its own non-profit organization, Asylum Clinic KC. 

Clare is a 2005 graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law. At Mizzou, she interned with both the Missouri Public Defender’s Office and the Missouri Attorney General. Following law school, she served as a law clerk for the Honorable Lisa White Hardwick at the Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District. She is fluent in Spanish.

  • J.D., University of Missouri-Columbia, 2005
  • B.A., Program of Liberal Studies, University of Notre Dame, 1998; Concentration in Latin American Area Studies.

  • Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Member, Missouri Bar Association
  • Member, Kansas Bar Association

  • Clare has advocated for migrant farmworkers in Missouri since she first moved to the state in 1998. She initially served as a volunteer for and then was hired as Project Director of the Migrant Farmworkers Assistance Fund. MFAF is a non-profit that aids migrant workers in navigating U.S. health, education, and legal systems.  She also served on their Board of Directors for 3 years.
  • Clare devotes much of her time to community and neighborhood development work. She currently serves as neighborhood association Treasurer and in that role, she primarily writes grants and manages the funds for her neighborhood urban farm. She enjoys gardening and cooking with local produce in her spare time.
  • Clare is also a busy mom of three.