Scott Michelman



Scott Michelman is a staff attorney with Public Citizen Litigation Group. His career in impact litigation has spanned a broad range of social justice and civil rights issues, including access to the courts, discrimination and selective enforcement, federal sentencing, freedom of speech and press, habeas corpus, immigrants' rights, judicial secrecy, political protest, post-September 11 abuse of executive power, privacy rights, religious freedom, the rights of consumers, the rights of medical marijuana patients, and unreasonable search and seizure. Mr. Michelman has argued before federal courts of appeals, the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, and the United States Supreme Court. In connection with his practice, he has been interviewed by numerous television, radio, and print media outlets, including CNN, National Public Radio, the New York Times, and the Washington Post. Before coming to Public Citizen, Mr. Michelman was a staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union, and he previously taught and supervised student-attorneys in the Civil Rights and Constitutional Litigation Clinic at Seton Hall Law School. He has served as adjunct faculty at Santa Clara Law School and the University of California at Santa Cruz, and his most recent publications include Doing Kimbrough Justice: Implementing Policy Disagreements With the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, 45 Suffolk L. Rev. 1083 (2012), and Who Can Sue Over Government Surveillance? 57 UCLA L. Rev. 71 (2009). 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 government at Eton College in Windsor, England. He received his undergraduate degree in political science magna cum laude from Duke University.