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Scott Michelman

Public Citizen Litigation Group
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(202) 588-1000 | E-mail: smichelman @

Scott Michelman is an attorney at the Public Citizen Litigation Group, in Washington, D.C. His career as a public interest litigator has spanned a broad range of social justice and civil rights issues, including access to the courts, consumers’ rights, discrimination and selective enforcement, freedom of speech and press, habeas corpus rights, immigrants' rights, judicial secrecy, police misconduct, political protest, post-September 11 abuse of executive power, religious freedom, the rights of medical marijuana patients, sentencing law, and unreasonable search and seizure. Mr. Michelman has argued before the United States Supreme Court, the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, and several federal courts of appeals, as well as federal and state trial courts around the country. In connection with his practice, he has been interviewed by television, radio, and print media outlets, including CNN, National Public Radio, the New York Times, and the Washington Post. Mr. Michelman has taught as either full-time or adjunct faculty at American University Washington College of Law, Seton Hall Law School, Santa Clara Law School, and the University of California at Santa Cruz, and he has guest-lectured or appeared on panels at Harvard Law School, Georgetown University Law Center, and the University of California at Berkeley, among others.

Mr. Michelman graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, and he went on to clerk for the Honorable Betty B. Fletcher of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Before law school, Mr. Michelman designed and taught courses on American politics and law at Eton College in Windsor, England. He received his undergraduate degree in political science magna cum laude from Duke University.

Mr. Michelman is admitted to the bars of the District of Columbia and the State of California, as well as the Supreme Court of the United States and numerous federal appellate and district courts.

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