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Scott Michelman’s career as a public interest litigator at Public Citizen and previously at the American Civil Liberties Union has spanned a broad range of civil rights and social justice issues, including consumer rights, post-September 11 abuse of executive power, discrimination and selective enforcement, federal sentencing, unreasonable search and seizure, free expression and political protest, immigrants' rights, the rights of medical marijuana patients, federal habeas corpus, religious freedom, and freedom of the press. His present docket consists mainly of appellate cases concerning the rights of consumers or issues of access to justice. In connection with his practice, he has been interviewed by numerous television, radio, and print media outlets, including CNN, MSNBC, National Public Radio, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, and the Associated Press. Mr. Michelman has taught as either full-time or adjunct faculty at Seton Hall Law School, Santa Clara Law School, and the University of California at Santa Cruz.
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.