Shaffer grew up in Nebraska and holds both B.Sc. and B.A.
degrees from the University of Nebraska. He received his J.D.
degree from the University of Chicago Law School. After practicing
law for seven years, he began teaching, and is now a professor
at Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles. He teaches
courses in property law, legal reasoning, and a seminar on informal
systems of order. Much of his teaching is in the SCALE program,
which offers an alternative two-year course leading to a J.D.
He is married
and the father of three grown daughters. He has written many articles
as well as two published books: Calculated
Chaos: Institutional Threats to Peace and Human Survival (1985),
Restraint of Trade: The Business Campaign Against Competition,
1918-1938 (1997). He has finished the writing of two other
books: The Unfolding Civilization: The Redistribution of Authority
in the 21st Century, and Reclaiming Social Order:
Private Property As a Condition for Peace and Liberty.