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Cary Martin Shelby

  • Associate Professor of Law
  • Full-time
  • (312) 362-6799
  • ​828 O'Malley Place
Cary Martin Shelby is an Associate Professor of Law at DePaul University College of Law. She teaches Business Organizations, Securities Regulation and a seminar on Investment Company Regulation. She also serves as DePaul’s faculty advisor for the Black Law Student's Association (BLSA) and received the BLSA outstanding faculty member award during her first year of teaching. In May 2016, Professor Shelby was also awarded the DePaul College of Law Excellence in Teaching Award. In terms of her educational background, she received her Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her Juris Doctor from Northwestern University School of Law. Immediately following law school, Professor Shelby was an attorney in the Investment Funds, Advisers and Derivatives Group with Sidley Austin LLP for close to four years. As an associate in this group, she advised and represented clients in regulatory and corporate matters involving hedge funds, commodity pools and derivatives trading. After leaving Sidley, Professor Shelby served as the William H. Hastie Fellow at the University of Wisconsin Law School, which is a competitive two-year fellowship designed to prepare its candidates for a career in law teaching. Her research encompasses regulatory issues related to hedge funds and other investment company vehicles, and she has published articles​ in the Southern Methodist University Law Review (forthcoming), Washington & Lee Law Review (forthcoming and co-author with Steven Ramirez and Kristin Johnson), University of Pennsylvania Journal of Business Law, the St. John’s Law Review, and the Delaware Journal of Corporate Law.


BS, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign; JD, Northwestern University

Courses Taught

  • Business Organizations
  • Investment Company Regulation
  • Securities Regulation


2016 Are Hedge Funds Still Private? Exploring Publicness in the Face of Incoherency, 69 SMU L. Rev. __ (forthcoming 2016). string;#Click Here
2012 Is Systemic Risk Prevention the New Paradigm? A Proposal to Expand Investor Protection Principles to the Hedge Fund Industry, 86 St. John's L. Rev. 87 (2012) string;#Click Here
2012 Private Investment Companies in the Wake of the Financial Crisis: Rethinking the Effectiveness of the Sophisticated Investor Exemption, 37 Del. J. Corp. L. 49 (2012) string;#Click Here