William H. “Cruz” Shaw III is not a politician. Cruz was raised on the South side of Houston by a hard-working Mother, in a single parent household. In fact, the nickname “Cruz” is his mother’s maiden name and some friends and family still call him that to this day. Now, as a San Antonio attorney, practicing on the city’s beloved East Side, he sees the constant under-representation of District 2. Shaw sees the disconnect between the elected official and the community. Cruz witnesses the frustrations of the residents while their concerns fall on deaf ears in city council. He notices that the community is not the priority of the current leadership. He observes the community suffering due to the lack of powerful representation. Cruz did not enter the District 2 race for personal gain rather, he saw the need, he listened to residents and trail-blazers of the community when they asked for his help and he accepted the challenge.
William “Cruz” Shaw earned a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice, with a focus on juvenile corrections, from the University of Texas at San Antonio, Texas in 1999. Cruz continued his education by beginning coursework in the Master of Arts in Public Policy program from the same institution.
For eight years Cruz served his country as a Yeoman Second Class in the United States Navy Reserves from 2003 until 2011. While in the Reserves, Cruz served in San Antonio and Singapore.
Following his service to our Country, Shaw attended Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University and graduated in 2009. Cruz was immediately admitted to the State Bar of Texas that same year. While in law school, Cruz was an active member of the Hispanic Law Student Association and the Black Law Student Association.
Cruz returned to San Antonio in 2009 to clerk for and subsequently work as attorney in the Law Office of Johnny W. Thomas from 2008 until 2010. In September of 2010 Cruz ventured out on his own to open his very own practice on our city’s historic East Side. The Law Office of William H. Shaw, PLLC provides legal representation to people in need of criminal defense, real estate transactions, probate matters, and personal injury litigation.
Shaw also teaches contracts, criminal law, English composition, ethics, and social programs at Brightwood College, since 2011. Cruz frequently accepts offers to present lectures at Continuing Legal Education courses at Thurgood Marshall School of Law, he often presents free wills & estate workshops where he explains the need for estate planning and provides free wills to those who participate. Cruz also accepts every opportunity he receives to participate in open forums and community organized meetings concerning the most pressing social issues, including gun violence and police and community relations.
Cruz is actively involved in San Antonio through various organizations, including the philanthropic side of the San Antonio legal community, Rotary Club of San Antonio, San Antonio for Growth on the Eastside (SAGE) Board, where he served as the Chairman and is a Eucharistic Minister at his parish, Holy Redeemer Catholic Church.
Shaw has a history of leadership positions in various organization, having served as the Vice President of the San Antonio Black Lawyers Association, and was elected to be the Chairman of the San Antonio Zoning Commission by his peers, after being appointed to the commission in November 2013.
In September 2016, William Cruz Shaw married Michelle Garcia Shaw surrounded by their families and friends, in the same church where the bride’s parents and grandparents were married.
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