Prior to joining FAMU’s faculty, Shiv Narayan Persaud served as a state agency attorney, an assistant public defender, an assistant state attorney and a sole practitioner. In varying capacities at several state agencies, he worked on the State’s highway outdoor advertising program, assisted in the reconstruction of the firefighter certification examination, and streamlined real estate license law prosecutions. With the opportunity to represent indigent and private clients, in addition to the institutional knowledge of being a successful prosecutor, he brings a practical understanding to the classroom which elucidates and strengthens a student’s inferential analysis. Being in academia has also afforded him the opportunity to reach a vast and diverse array of individuals who will eventually become the policymakers and professionals in our legal system. He believes that the College’s commitment to excellence cannot underplay the value of instilling the principles of cultural competence in the legal profession.

The importance of such understanding has been elucidated through Professor Persaud’s scholarship, furthering an analytical framework for cultural sensitivity. This perspective to legal analysis and argumentation is relatively new and still unfolding, with legal scholars now beginning to give serious consideration as a result of the growing cultural variants in the nation. The trend in his scholarship calls into question the traditional paradigm regarding our system of color-blind justice which seldom offers assessments from the perspective of the disadvantaged underrepresented class, a group overrepresented in the criminal justice system.

In continuing these principles at the College, in 2012 he became the founding faculty member for the Marshall-Bell Law Society. The Society is a student-operated organization with a mission to enhance cultural sensitivity and competency in both legal education and practice. In furthering the principles of liberty and equal justice for all under the law, in the spirit of Thurgood Marshall and Derek Bell, the Society seeks to provide an objective forum for culturally diverse individuals to speak on a variety of issues and address cultural misconceptions. As future legal professionals, students become members because they are committed to promoting those behaviors and attitudes that will enable them and their fellow students to work effectively in cross-cultural situations.

Office Hours:

By appointment only

Courses taught by Professor Persaud:

  • Florida Practice I
  • Trial Practice
  • Criminal Law Interviewing
  • Counseling & Negotiation
  • Mediation
  • Evidence
  • Administrative Law


  • Professor Persaud’s scholarship entitled, “Eternal Law: The Underpinnings of Dharma and Karma in the Justice System,” was recently cited by the Deseret News National, a news agency in Utah. Their article, “Was pharmaceutical CEO Martin Shkreli’s arrest karma?” discussed the investigation of Mr. Shkerli as “a simple act of justice,” and explored the concept of karma in criminal enforcement. It concluded with quoting Professor Persaud’s approach: “Whether applied during the enactment of laws, enforcement of justice, or delineation of punishment, the justice system can benefit from the philosophical underpinnings and practical applications of Dharma and Karma in the maintenance of a state of harmony in accordance with the Eternal Law.”

    The full article can be accessed online at


  • The Marshall-Bell Law Day was named after Thurgood Marshall and Derek Bell and was hosted by the FAMU College of Law Marshall-Bell Society.  As indicated in the attached program from the event, the Marshall-Bell Society is “dedicated to promoting cultural competency and sensitivity in the legal profession.”

    The event was held all day Friday, September 18 and was a huge success. Invited students from the main campus attended and many of them said they would definitely be applying here given the atmosphere and collegiality of the school.  

    Professor Persaud moderated the discussion prior to the invited students’ tour of the law school. The Marshall-Bell Society hosted a similar event last summer for high school and middle school students.   This year, however, the FAMU Marshall-Bell Law Society focused its efforts on attracting the interest of students from the main campus.

  • Professor Shiv Persaud recorded a segment discussing President Obama’s Criminal Justice Reforms with Channel 13.  This segment aired on Friday, July 31, 2015.